This 2-volume classification is intended to present in a systematic fashion the many procedures used in different branches of medicine, a task which the World Health Organization is undertaking for the first time.
For a general description of the International Classification of
Procedures in Medicine, reference should be made to the Introduction to
Volume 1. Volume 2 includes the remaining chapters of the Classification
namely, 3. Radiology and certain other applications of physics in medicine; and 6, 7. Drugs, medicaments and biological agents.
There is one important difference in presentation between the two
volumes. Volume 1 has a single alphabetical index common to the six
chapters of the Classification included in it. For Volume 2, it was
considered that the two sections were much more likely to be used separately than together; each has accordingly been given its own index.