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Changes in Glossary of DSM-III

Robert L. Spitzer, MD; Janet B. W. Williams, MSW; Nancy C. Andreasen, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1980;37(8):959. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1980.01780210117013.
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To the Editor.—  In the article, "Thought, Language, and Communication Disorders: Clinical Assessment, Definition of Terms, and Evaluation of Their Reliability" (Archives 36:1315-1321, 1979), it is stated that the definitions contained in that article will be used in the glossary of DSM-III. The definitions contained in that article were written in 1976-1977 and were indeed included in the Jan 15, 1978, draft of DSM-III. At the time this article was submitted and accepted, we all expected that these definitions would also appear in the final version of DSM-III. However, a final review by the Advisory Committee on the Glossary of Technical Terms led to a reconsideration.First of all, a decision was made to include in the glossary of DSM-III only technical terms that were used in the descriptions of the disorders in the text itself. Therefore, only a small number of technical terms describing disorders of thought and language appear


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