A Standard Classified Nomenclature of Disease

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    THE National Conference (of the United States of America) on Nomenclature of Disease was formed with the object of solving the confusion due to theabsence of a standard nomenclature of pathological condit ions. It has now produced the system described in this book, a dual method of classifying disease, based on the two features of topography and etiology. The topographical classification gives a code number to every region of the body in which disease can be clinically located; the first numeral indicates the body system, the second the organ, and the third the part of the organ involved. The etiological classification similarly divides all causal factors into groups, which are further subdivided. Any disease or injury has thus a number indicating location hyphened to another indicating cause. The system also allows expression in symbols of obscure, undiagnosed or partially diagnosed conditions. The book can be strongly recommended to the records departments of hospitals, and as the method advocated requires accurate expression of a diagnosis, its adoption would do immense good in stimulating precise thinking and avoidance of ill-defined terms on the part of clinicians.

    A Standard Classified Nomenclature of Disease.


    H. B.


    Compiled by the National Conference on Nomenclature of Disease. Edited By. Pp. xvii + 701. (New York: The Commonwealth Fund; London: H. K. Lewis and Co., Ltd., 1933.) 21s.

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