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How about citing this for a warning with Vibrio from seafood?

Help request: Vibrio or vibrio? Also, historical usage of "comma bacillus" in medicine.[edit]

When my 90-year-old grandmother told me yesterday that she had "ptomaine poisoning," I didn't think that would lead me to edit Wikipedia articles! Of course, she meant by it that she had food poisoning.

I need help because I have a chronic illness and I'm hitting today's limit. Sorry that all I can do is ramblingly post this and give thanks in advance. (It's easier for me to ramble like I talk than edit this down at this point.)

First, in this article, I see vibrio in both initial caps and lowercase. Would someone find out what the Wikipedia style is for biological names & standardize it?

Second, I reached this article when trying to figure out a better link for comma bacillus, from the 1892 Merck's Bulletin. (By the way, the latter had this unexpectedly fun quote on the relevant page: "...they will at once begin to develop their immense fecundity and multiply with such a speed that the whole bowel in a few hours is filled up by millions and myriads of these dreadful germs. Now THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION sets-in." Caps from original text!)

Ahem. Sorry. Couldn't resist that quote! Anyway, this second point of mine is of low importance, but if anyone is interested in the history of science & terminology, what I would do if I could is research & add to this article a section on the "comma bacillus," which I infer from the bacteria article is a misnomer, since bacilli are rod-shaped.

Oops! A sudden third point: For the other article, I also would find a reference for what my mom, a former ER nurse, confirmed for me, which is that older people (at least in the Southern U.S.) say "ptomaine poisoning" for what we would call "food poisoning." I can bring the usage forward to 1919 in New York thanks to a reference in the Anna Lehr article, but I might not get around to putting that in the other article, either. I also haven't looked at other WP articles on my "ptomaine" search results. Wiktionary & Wikiquote might have reference info, too.

Thanks in advance for your patience & consideration, --Geekdiva (talk) 01:14, 15 December 2013 (UTC)

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