However, I would like to extend Dr. Peele’s arguments further and suggest that we replace the axis system with a purely diagnostic system. The current axis system is not purely diagnostic, because Axes IV and V do not contain diagnostic information. They contain important information, but it should be documented separately. Diagnosis has been a cornerstone of medicine for centuries, and it should not be mixed with, or confused with, nondiagnostic information. No specialty other than psychiatry would take this approach, and, at best, it confuses our nonpsychiatric colleagues when we attempt to communicate with them using this approach. Witness the fact that almost no clinician outside of psychiatry has adopted the axis system when listing psychiatric diagnoses in their patients.