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June 27, 1966

Current Medical Terminology

JAMA. 1966;196(13):1163. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100260101048

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Beginning with a modest 346 pages in 1963, CMT grew to 476 pages in 1964. The present third edition approaches the 1,000 mark, but size should not be equated with clumsiness. Drawing on the experience of research scientists, practitioners, educators, and medical students, and using analyses of the key-word-in-context index or computer copy of previous editions, Dr. Gordon and his associates have compiled a reference manual of genuine utility.

The number of preferred terms has been increased from approximately 2,400 to 3,000. Each preferred term is listed alphabetically, followed by a "telegraphic" definition, with significant etiologies and manifestations, codes, and related terms. Terms with dual meanings were incorporated or deleted. Other improvements include new sections on abbreviations, preferred terms for the more important surgical techniques, and a glossary of more than 500 supplementary definitions.

CMT is definitely "computer oriented," permitting timely revision, and research in the areas of programmed teaching

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