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Books, Journals, New Media
August 20, 2003

Mycology

Author Affiliations
 

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(7):961-962. doi:10.1001/jama.290.7.961-a

Intercalary or lateral conidiogenous cells with annellations and ellipsoidal conidia. Hyalohyphomycoses. Metulae, phialides, synanamorphs, and annellides. Talk about intimidating! The very terms cause eyes to glaze over, and turn many a student away from the pursuit of yeasts and molds to the friendlier territory of bacilli and Gram stains.

But fungal infections are important. Just as ink takes to a blotter, mycology is permeating medicine in the 2000s. Notwithstanding the vexing problem of antibiotic resistance, rapid strides in antibacterial therapy and noteworthy progress in treating immunosuppressed patients have led to the emergence of fungal diseases hardly recognized 1 or 2 decades ago. Intestinal basidiobolomycosis, disseminated fusariosis, Cladophialophora brain abscess—these are a few of the conditions an infectious diseases specialist may need to recognize and treat. But fungal diseases are far from arcane. In the form of esophageal candidiasis, onychomycosis, and the endemic mycoses (histoplasmosis, blastomycosis, and coccidioidomycosis), they challenge the clinician regardless of specialty or locale.

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