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May 26, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(4):321-322. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970040019005

• The indexing of medical record libraries is greatly simplified if the pathologist affixes a code number representing his diagnosis. The Standard Nomenclature of Diseases and Operations maintains sufficient flexibility for use by most pathologists, and the majority of acceptable pathological thought can thus be represented in a unified, universal code system.

The majority of surgical specimens received by a department fall into a relatively small list of code classifications. The corresponding code numbers, being frequently used, are soon committed to memory. It is also possible to prepare an abstract of the diagnoses and code numbers most appropriate to the surgical experience of a given institution, so that it is not necessary to go through the entire volume of the Standard Nomenclature for any but unusual cases.

The grateful response of the departmental clerical staff and of the record department personnel has been noted immediately in each institution where this coding system has been introduced.