DSM-IV is the standard language for psychiatric diagnosis in the United States. An unanticipated consequence of DSM-III is international interest in this American document; for example, DSM-III was translated into 13 languages. This was due to its adopting a descriptive classification that eschewed etiologic theory and contained operational definitions, following Stengel’s recommendations in his WHO report in 1959. These principles were eventually implemented in ICD-10, with the result of being two somewhat different classification systems. Although WHO-APA collaborations have minimized differences, a significant number remains, with only a few reflecting true ideological differences. The challenge for the future will be to integrate the two systems to produce, as much as possible, a unified system for international diagnostic communication.
Michael B. First, MD
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Psychopathology (International Journal of Descriptive Psychopathology Phenomenology and Clinical Diagnositcs)
Founded 1897 as ‘Monatsschrift für Psychiatrie und Neurologie’
Vol. 35, No. 2-3, Year 2002 (Cover Date: March-June 2002)
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