PAUL D. HOEPRICH, M.D.
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To the editor: The review of zygomycosis by Lehrer and colleagues in the July issue (1), published under the title "Mucormycosis," was generally excellent. There are, however, two points on which I wish to comment.
First, the title should have been "Zygomycosis." As was elucidated in Dr. Howard's fine presentation, several fungi other than Mucor species cause the infections that were discussed. Indeed, in view of the fact that the Rhizopus species are the commonest causes of these infections, "Rhizopsosis" would be a more apt name of generic origin. Even if mucormycosis is said to derive from the order Mucorales
HOEPRICH PD. Zygomycosis Not Mucormycosis. Ann Intern Med. 1980;93:932. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-6-932_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(6):932.
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