DIETER W. GUMP, M.D.
To the editor: In a demonstration of editorial schizophrenia you have spelled the antibiotic gentamicin correctly in the article "Combined Use of Gentamicin and Carbenicillin" (Ann Intern Med 75:925-927, 1971) and incorrectly in another article, "Severe Pneumonia in Renal Transplant Patients" (Ann Intern Med 75:887-894, 1971) appearing in the same issue. In the latter article it is repeatedly spelled "gentamycin," which is clearly incorrect.
Although gentamicin was originally spelled with a "y" in the older literature, the AMA committee on generic names decided on the current spelling because gentamicin does not come from the genus Streptomyces but from the genus
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GUMP DW. "Gentamycin"!. Ann Intern Med. 1972;76:514. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-3-514_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(3):514.
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