J. Marc Overhage, MD, PhD; Jeffery G. Suico, MD
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Overhage JM, Suico JG. Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences. Ann Intern Med. 2001;135:934. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-135-10-200111200-00030
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2001;135(10):934.
Bowker GC and Star SL. 389 pages. Cambridge, MA, and London: MIT Pr; 1999. $29.95. ISBN 0262024616. Order phone 800-356-0343.
Field of medicine: Public health and medical informatics.
Format: Hardcover book (softcover also available).
Audience: Physicians and nonphysicians involved in developing or setting policy for classification systems, nomenclatures, or vocabularies.
Purpose: To discuss the idea that classifications and standardizations have direct impact on social and political aspects of human interaction.
Content: The authors organize their presentation into an introductory chapter that frames the issues, followed by three sections (classification and large-scale infrastructures, classification and biography, and classification and work practice) providing specific examples, and a conclusion section. The authors use the International Classification of Diseases, 9th revision, race classification under apartheid in South Africa, and the Nursing Intervention Classification as primary examples. An extensive bibliography of more than 300 references, a name index, and a subject index follow the text.
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