Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
SIQUEIRA, Luiz Fernando de Góes; ALMEIDA, Regina Gomes de and BELDA, Walter. Tinctorial behavior of Mycobacterium leprae: a historical review. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1983, vol.17, n.4, pp. 297-315. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101983000400005.
A historical review was made of the dyes utilized to identify the Mycobacterium leprae. The chemical composition and the tinctorial properties of these substances and the dye assimilation capacity of the bacilli were analyzed.
Keywords : Mycobacterium leprae; Dyes; Bacillus [stains and staining].