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November 1976

Nomenclature of Staphylococci and Micrococci

Author Affiliations

San Francisco


San Francisco


Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(11):1614-1615. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630350080028

To the Editor.—  Cutaneous microbiology has made great strides in the past decade, thanks in part to a taxonomic scheme for the micrococcal family proposed in 1963 by Baird-Parker.1,2 Recently, however, the system has undergone a series of changes,3,4 especially in nomenclature,5 and entirely new classifications also have been offered.6-9 The rapid succession of reports has resulted in some confusion and threatens the effective communication of clinical and research data. If the situation is not remedied soon, Cowan's10 warning may come to pass: "... the biochemically minded bacteriologists, who have been showing us the light and guiding our steps to a more rational taxonomy, may undo all the good they have done and create a new era of nomenclatural chaos."A solution, however, is found with the publication of the eighth edition of Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology,11 the recognized standard reference of most of