MORRIS A GORDON, PH.D.
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To the editor: In his letter "Zygomycosis Not Mucormycosis" in the December issue, Dr. Paul Hoeprich (1) argues against use of the term mucormycosis in the review by Lehrer and his colleagues (2) on the ground that this epithet excludes diseases caused by members of the class Zygomycetes other than the Mucorales. And so it should! Diseases caused by Rhizopus and other genera of the Mucorales are entirely different clinically and histopathologically from those caused by members of the Entomophthorales.
There is no requirement, in any case, to name a disease after the genus, and certainly not the class, of
GORDON MA. Mucormycosis, Not Zygomycosis. Ann Intern Med. ;94:820. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-6-820_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(6):820.
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