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A NOMENCLATURE OF DISEASES FOR THE UNITED STATES
A precise nomenclature of diseases is very important for the advancement of medical science and is absolutely essential for thoroughly comparable statistics of general mortality, morbidity, and for hospital statistics, as well as for the comparison of individual results. The need for such a nomenclature is becoming yearly more urgent, with the rapid extension of the registration area for vital statistics, the application of more refined clinical and laboratory methods for the differentiation of diseases, and with the greatly increased knowledge of the causation of diseases and the special interest now taken in diseases of the tropics. The great desideratum would seem to be that each definite pathologic entity should have one definite name, by which it could be everywhere recognized, and concerning the precise application of which there would be no shadow of doubt. Questions of classification, or even of the
Wilbur CL. Association News. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(15):1134–1135. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260040150022
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