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February 1, 1965

Candida Albicans

Author Affiliations

Iowa City


By H. I. Winner and Rosalinde Hurley. 306 pp, 45 illus. $14. Little, Brown & Co., 34 Beacon St, Boston 6, 1964

JAMA. 1965;191(5):423. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080050069039

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This impressive monograph attempts to present a comprehensive review of the yeast Candida albicans, its biological characteristics, and its role as a human pathogen. That more than one fourth of the volume consists of bibliography, with over 2,000 references, indicates the conscientious scholarship of the authors. Even with such an exhaustive survey, the lag in publication has resulted in omissions of some very recent contributions. Progress forever continues to taunt those who would write "the definitive summary."

The authors make a convincing plea for use of the term "candidosis" rather than "candidiasis." Realizing the difficulty of altering worldwide usage, one may only wish them well. The importance of their book may be great enough to bend other authors to their point of view.

The text is concerned with nomenclature, history, biology of the organism, manifestations of its commensal and pathological existence in the various organs, diagnostic and therapeutic considerations, and,

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