Legionnaires' Disease Papers

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To the editor: My summary of the International Symposium on Legionnaires' Disease, which appeared in the 22 March 1979 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, was an invited summary and was not intended in any way to suggest attribution of scientific priority to me. There are two aspects of this article I should like to clarify.Brenner, Steigerwalt, and McDade first described the taxonomy of Legionnaires' disease bacterium, for which they proposed the name Legionella pneumophila. This name was proposed by them at the International Symposium on Legionnaires' Disease on 13 to 15 November 1978, and their paper

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