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