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January 12, 1924

Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology.

JAMA. 1924;82(2):153. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650280079041

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This book, which is in part the work of a committee of the Society of American Bacteriologists, is modeled, to some extent, on Chester's "Determinative Bacteriology," published in 1901 and now long out of date. One of the main features of this new work is the adoption of an elaborate system of classification of bacteria into families, tribes and genera, made also by a committee of the Society of American Bacteriologists. While some of the new nomenclature has come into use and is more or less familiar, such as the generic name Clostridium for some of the anaerobic bacilli, the ordinary working bacteriologist will be greatly bewildered by the mass of new generic names appearing in the book. Many of the changes are so radical that they are hardly likely to survive. One finds, for example, the organism ordinarily known as B. coli under the generic name of "Escherichia," the

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