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To the Editor:—
May I make a few observations regarding the paper of Sabin, Philip and Paul in The Journal, July 1, concerning the nomenclature of Papataci fever? As the authors in footnote 2 on page 603 states, the name of the vector is Phlebotomus papatasi Scolopi. Papa= "he eats," tas = "silently," a derivative from the Italian (see also Galli Valerio C. Bact. 0.63:226).As can readily be seen, there is no justification for using a double p. The disease was written with a double p by the first describer (Doerr), but he stated that he used the double p for "reasons of priority," an illogical point of view, because the etymologic derivation and the name of the vector undoubtedly speak in favor of one p.Perhaps some readers will be interested in two other synonyms of the disease. They are "soldier's fever" (because the invading Austrian troops in Bosnia
Schwarz J. NOMENCLATURE OF PAPPATACI OR PAPATACI FEVER. JAMA. 1944;126(13):853. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850480053024
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