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August 8, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(6):327-328. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430840043004

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The want of an authorative and uniform standard nomenclature of diseases, for the purposes of registration, has long been felt in this country by registration officers and scarcely less by medical writers.

The confusion that long existed in the materia medica nomenclature in the middle ages was measurably corrected by Simon of Cordo, who was physician to Pope Nicholas IV and chaplain to Pope Boniface VIII, but no similar service was rendered the profession in regard to the nomenclature of diseases until the present century.

As nearly every reform in medical methods in this country has had its origin in the American Medical Association, so we find that as early as 1847 a system of classification was adopted by the Association, and in 1851 a Committee was appointed " to consider the subject of registration of births, marriages and deaths, and to use their influence to cause the same to be

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