Etymology:tho.mas’i.i.N.L. gen. masc. n.thomasii, of Thomas, named after M.E.M. Thomas (Public Health Laboratory Service, 1947-1984), whose interest in and enthusiasm for uncommon medical bacterial infections led to the initiation of this study
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