The New Yorker's take on ICD-10

Alastair Gee, a reporter for The New Yorker, suggests a more fitting title for ICD-10 is one that he borrows from author Daniel Handler, who writes under the penname Lemony Snicket: "A Series of Unfortunate Events."

"It covers traumas and health conditions caused by sea lions, geese, ducks, turkeys and macaws, with separate codes for being 'struck by' or 'pecked by' a chicken," Mr. Gee writes in his exploration of the latest code set's sometimes quirky categories.

He outlines several of the most interesting codes in ICD-10, including human factors, such as "sibling rivalry," "problems in relationship with in-laws" and "hostility towards and scapegoating of child."

Editor's note: We checked all these codes, and they do in fact exist.

For the full story and accompanying illustration, click here.

What are some other interesting ICD-10 codes you have come across?

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