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September 23, 1988

Medical Mycology: The Pathogenic Fungi and the Pathogenic Actinomycetes

Author Affiliations

Georgia State University Atlanta

Georgia State University Atlanta


by John Willard Rippon, ed 3; 797 pp, with illus, $79, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1988.

JAMA. 1988;260(12):1794. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410120140051

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This edition retains the classic approach to medical mycology. The first four chapters and part of chapter 5 offer a review of the pathogenic actionomycetes. Chapter 6 provides a general review of the classification and morphology of microfungi with brief summary statements on fungi as animal pathogens and on the principles of antimycotic therapy. The extensive volume reviews, in separate chapters, the principle etiologic agents of cutaneous, subcutaneous, systemic, and opportunistic mycoses.

There are comprehensive chapters on histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, and blastomycoses. The major differences between this edition and the second edition, published in 1982, are the additions of chapters on phaeohyphomycosis and hyalohyphomyces. In the latter chapter brief sections are devoted also to pythiosis, algosis, and rare mycoses. Regretfully, the useful separate chapter on culture methods, media, stains, and procedures of the second edition has been omitted. The book is notable for its extensive lists of full references at the