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February 1961

Mycosis Fungoides: Discussion and Clinical Experience at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital

Author Affiliations


Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Syphilology, Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Chief of Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital (Dr. Rauschkolb).

Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(2):217-223. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580080047005

With the accession of the fourth edition of the Standard Nomenclature of Diseases and Operations, published in 1952, medical record departments have supplanted the diagnosis of mycosis fungoides with lymphosarcoma, specifying site and behavior. The initial printing of this publication in 1932 had already converted the name granuloma fungoides to mycosis fungoides. The section of nomenclature entitled Diseases of Hemic and Lymphatic Systems was extensively revised in the fourth edition with the avowed intent of "expressing the pathologic processes involved as clearly as possible at this time."

The changes followed the recommendations of the Committee on Classification of Nomenclature of Cells and Diseases of Blood and Blood-Forming Organs, sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the American Medical Association and endorsed by the International Society of Hematologists.1

When Alibert renamed the condition under discussion "mycosis fungoides," impelled by allure of the graphic metaphor, it was a reasonable