ALBERT BALOWS, PH.D.
In the early days of medical bacteriology, it was common practice to refer to a specific bacterium by naming it after the person who first described or isolated it. Thus, Koch's bacillus was the etiologic agent of tuberculosis, the Klebs-Loeffler's bacillus caused diphtheria, and the Shiga bacillus was responsible for the scourge known as bacillary dysentery. This practice gained momentum and might well have continued to be the accepted way of naming and referring to different bacteria if Neisser had not come along with his discovery of the coccus that causes gonorrhoea!
Even if my suspicions are incorrect, it soon
ALBERT BALOWS. Legionella: "A rose is a rose . . . .". Ann Intern Med. 1980;93:366–367. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-2-366
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(2):366-367.
Infectious Disease, Mycobacterial Infections, Sexually Transmitted Infections.
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