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This is the first of a series of monographs on the subject to be brought out under the editorial direction of the Society of American Bacteriologists. It presents in three parts a classification and an historical account of bacteria, several codes of nomenclature and their relationship to bacterial terminology, and an alphabetical list of all the names that have been used by various authors to designate bacterial subgenera, genera or higher groups. The original descriptions are quoted as well as the varied spellings of subsequent writers; sufficient information to present the exact status of each name. Typical of a discussion is the following concerning the term "treponema":
Treponema. A generic name proposed by Schaudinn (1905, p. 1728) for the species Treponema pallida, the causal organism of syphilis. This organism was first named Spirochaete pallidum by Schaudinn and Hoffmann (1905), later the generic name Spironema (q. v.) was proposed by Vuillemin
General Systematic Bacteriology: History, Nomenclature, Groups of Bacteria. JAMA. 1927;89(5):396. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690050062039
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