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February 6, 1937


JAMA. 1937;108(6):492. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780060058023

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To the Editor:—  In the abstracts from the Medical Journal of Australia published in The Journal January 2, page 78, the causative agent of lepra is referred to as "Microbacterium leprae." Misspelled words are so frequently and often unintentionally introduced into medical nomenclature that they should be corrected on every occasion. The proper designation is "Mycobacterium leprae." The organism is one of the Mycobacteriaceae. Although Hansen in 1874 identified it as a bacillus, its classification by Lehmann-Neumann has been generally accepted since 1896.

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