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August 21, 1937

Dictionnaire des bactéries pathogènes pour l'homme, les animaux et les plantes

JAMA. 1937;109(8):614. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780340070035

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The authors of this dictionary of bacteria utilize Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology as the basis for their nomenclature and classification, though declining to approve this effort of the Society of American Bacteriologists to bring order out of chaos. The principles of Bergey's system, they say, could be more logical, the definitions of certain genera are too vague and of others too narrow, and the genera described as gram negative contain gram-positive species. They call for an international codification of bacterial nomenclature such as has been accomplished in botany and zoology. As a move in this direction they reprint the International Rules of Botanical Nomenclature, adopted by the first Congress of Microbiology in 1930. The dictionary includes an alphabetical list of 650 genera and species of microbes. For each species it gives the synonyms, morphology of cultural forms and spores, the cultural requirements, and the biochemical and biologic properties. A

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