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September 8, 1951

Enterobacteriaceae: Collected Studies on Salmonella, Arizona, Ballerup-Bethesda, Escherichia, Alkalescens-Dispar, Klebsiella, Shigella, Providence and Proteus

JAMA. 1951;147(2):203. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670190103035

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Dr. Kauffmann has been known to American laboratory workers for more than 20 years because of his extensive studies of salmonellas. Many of these were carried out in cooperation with Dr. P. R. Edwards of the United States Public Health Service, to whom this book is dedicated.

The volume contains a collection of valuable data scattered in periodicals on Enterobacteriaceae, among which many genera are of medical interest. Salmonellas (including the typhoid bacillus) occupy the first and best part of the book. Bacteria maintaining a position between salmonellas and colon-aerogenes organisms have been called paracolon bacilli for a long time. They appear in this volume as the Arizona, Ballerup, and Bethesda groups, which, however, do not include all paracolons. The clinical pathologist still will not know how to label a slow lactose-fermenting Enterobacteriacea which forms indol. Further chapters on Escherichia and Klebsiella further increase practical dilemmas. The Friedländer bacillus (Klebsiella

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