SAMUEL L. ROSENTHAL, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Bacteriologic nomenclature may seem like a foreign language to clinicians, and when the native speakers change the words they use, the result may be doubly confusing. As the result of the acceptance of recent careful taxonomic studies, the name Acinetobacter is now used to describe a group of organisms formerly known by various names, including Herellea vaginicola and Mima polymorpha. This change in nomenclature has implications for clinicians.
Acinetobacters first gained medical attention when they were found in genital cultures of women, and it was suggested that they might cause confusion in the diagnosis of gonorrhea. With Gram stain, particularly
ROSENTHAL SL. Acinetobacter: New Name in the Microbial Game. Ann Intern Med. 1978;88:123–124. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-1-123
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