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Levinthal-Lillie-Coles bodies

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Virus in the genus Miyagawanella in the Chlamydiaceae family. Their size is 280-300 mµ. The agent of psittacosis.

Levinthal, Coles and Lillie discovered the causal agent of psittacosis independently of each other.


  • W. Levinthal:
    Die Ätiologie der Psittakosis. Klinische Wochenschrift, Berlin, 1930, 9: 654. Die Ätiologie der Psittakosis. Die Medizinische Welt, Stuttgart, 1930, 4: 588. Recent observations on psittacosis. Lancet, London, 1935/I: 1207-1210.
  • R. D. Lillie:
    Psittacosis: Rickettsia-like inclusions in man and in experimental animals.
    Public Health Reports, Washington, 1930, 45: 773-778.
  • A. C. Coles:
    Micro-organisms in Psittacosis.
    Lancet, London, 1930/I:1011-1012. Micro-organisms in Psittacosis.
    British Medical Journal, London, 1930/I: 719.

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