Nomenclature is defined in Webster's New International Dictionary as: "The system of names used in a particular branch of knowledge or art." According to Rattner1 in his scholarly paper with historical review ". . . the purpose of nomenclature is to facilitate the interchange of knowledge, to be a means of scientific communication." He suggested simplification of nomenclature for undergraduate students. I should heartily agree and believe the same is valuable for the young resident in dermatology as well. Pillsbury, Shelley, and Kligman2 have simplified nomenclature without sacrifice of clarity.
Since 1955, I have been the proud but uneasy chairman of a Committee on Nomenclature of the American Academy of Dermatology and Syphilology. Other members of the committee are: Herman Beerman, Maurice Costello, Roy Kile, Hamilton Montgomery, Herbert Rattner, and Francesco Ronchese. Credit for any achievement of the committee is due to the
S. WILLIAM BECKER. Dermatological Nomenclature. AMA Arch Derm. 1959;80(6):778–787. doi:10.1001/archderm.1959.01560240130014