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April 20, 1963

Current Medical Terminology

JAMA. 1963;184(3):251. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700160127029

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To The Editor:  —Excerpts from correspondence referring to Current Medical Terminology (CMT)."Development of CMT has been a distinct advance in the coding and classification of disease in hospital practice. The purpose for which this handbook was designed, that is, as an alphabetized listing of preferred terms, together with cross references, makes the publication suitable as a terminology reference book, or as a companion to the Standard Nomenclature of Disease. Most helpful is the fact that a revision of this text is possible in a short period of time, permitting those who will use the book and find various aspects on which improvement may be made to contribute to these improvements."—William A. Sodeman, MD, Dean, Jefferson Medical College."The greatest value of CMT: the convenience of handling one book containing the preferred terms and definitions; concise statement of diagnoses practical for data processing; codes for both standard and international nomenclature

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