Physicians often accuse basic scientists, chemists and physicists in particular, of using a strange language which no one outside their own subject can understand, but at least the majority of physicists or chemists can understand what others in their
own field are talking about. The field of blood coagulation is one in which medical men and biological scientists have created such chaos that they do not even understand what other workers in the field are talking about, far less the clinician or the medical student.
To improve international communications is a worthy object at any time; to do so in the field of clotting factors has proved a task of major difficulty. To bring together the major workers not only from different countries but from the same country, hold them together, and persuade them of the importance of a simple understandable classification has been the problem for the chairman of
International Committee on Nomenclature of Blood Clotting Factors. NOMENCLATURE OF BLOOD CLOTTING FACTORS: FOUR FACTORS, THEIR CHARACTERIZATION AND INTERNATIONAL NUMBER. JAMA. 1959;170(3):325–328. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.63010030001020
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