DIETER W. GUMP, M.D.
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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
GUMP DW. "Gentamycin"!. Ann Intern Med. 1972;76:514. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-76-3-514_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(3):514.
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