Section 1 : Taxonomic Classification of Medically Important Microorganisms

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In order to remain true to the tradition set forth by the first three editions of this pocket guide, the first section will be devoted to describing the taxonomy of common (and some uncommon) organisms which are associated with humans and may be isolated by the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory. Unfortunately, in the 13 or so years that have passed since the third edition of the Pocket Guide was published, the rate of taxonomic changes has continued to increase such that publishing a taxonomic list of organisms would be out of date before this book goes to publication. This is a product of continued proliferation of new species of organisms which are being identified by increasingly sophisticated genomic analyses. As such, the revised goal of this section will be to outline some high-level taxonomic groupings and provide the resources and references one would need to identify the most up-to-date taxonomic classifications.

Citation: Doern C. 2018. Taxonomic Classification of Medically Important Microorganisms, p 1-17. In Pocket Guide to Clinical Microbiology, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670070.ch1
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