JOHN D. FISHER, M.D.
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To the editor: The establishment of an orderly method of diagnostic formulation and communication is one aim of systems such as the New York Heart Association classification of heart disease, and the classification of renal diseases published in the August 1971 issues of this journal, Circulation, and Archives of Internal Medicine. The NYHA classification, with its descriptive approach (except the number-letter functional-therapeutic headings), gained wide acceptance and has been adopted by many physicians for more general use, for example: liver disease; etiology, alcoholism; anatomy, cirrhosis; physiology, increased portal pressure with varices, ascites, hepatorenal syndrome, and precoma; functional class, IV; therapeutic
JOHN D. FISHER. Classification and Communication. Ann Intern Med. 1971;75:803. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-5-803_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(5):803.
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