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June 1926

THE SERIOUS OBSTRUCTION TO PROGRESS IN MULTIPLICATION OF NAMES

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1926;13(6):824-826. doi:10.1001/archderm.1926.02370180089009

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Abstract

In Science, April 16, 1926, C. L. Shear and F. E. Clements, perhaps the most distinguished authorities on mycology in the United States, say that the obstruction to the development of systemic mycology in the United States is due to the confusion of names of species and genera in this subject. They point out the great importance of mycology in many fields and the desirability of its intensive study in this country. Their comments on the obstruction to scientific progress due to the efforts of systematists to make accurate classification of species and genera are so applicable to nomenclature of medicine and of biology in general that they seem worthy of consideration here. They are particularly pertinent as respects the confusion in the nomenclature of dermatology and the name of the organism of syphilis.

"The vast number of fungi concerned, of which nearly one hundred thousand supposed species have been

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