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June 23, 1888

Diseases of Man: Data of their Nomenclature, Classification and Genesis.

JAMA. 1888;X(25):795-796. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400510031013

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The objects of this book, as explained in the preface, are: first, to urge the official adoption of a suitable basis for the nomenclature and classification of the diseases of man; second, to place before the medical profession certain propositions directed to an improved classification of diseases; and, third, to awaken the attention of teachers to the necessity of ameliorating the nomenclature of medicine, pointing out some of the many misused and improperly formed words that are now current, and proposing new terms for their consideration.

In the opinion of the author a nomenclature and classification to be useful and staple should not only rest upon a proper foundation, but should be duly authorized by the whole profession of medicine; and he submits certain questions for discussion in and settlement by the International Medical Congress.

The work is divided into five sections. The first section comprises: some anatomical considerations of

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