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February 8, 1965

Fungus Diseases and Their Treatment

Author Affiliations

Hartford, Conn


By Gavin Hildick-Smith, Harvey Blank, and Imrich Sarkany. 494 pp, with illus. Little, Brown & Co., 34 Beacon St, Boston 6, 1964

JAMA. 1965;191(6):507. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080060081043

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This well-written and handsomely illustrated volume should prove of great value to those interested in the clinical aspects of medical mycology. In emphasis it differs somewhat from other current texts in that approximately half of the book is devoted to the superficial mycoses and a third to a discussion of the antifungal antibiotics. It is outstanding in its comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of the pharmacology, toxicology, and therapeutic uses of nystatin, amphotericin B, and griseofulvin.

The superficial and deep mycoses are each allotted one or more separate chapters. Special prominence is given to candidiasis, whose many manifestations and implications the authors discuss with exceptional clarity and authority. Coverage of the systemic mycoses is adequate but relatively brief, and readers seeking more detail will find the numerous references quite helpful.

The book's chief shortcoming is its failure to cover some of the technical aspects of isolation, identification, and species characteristics of

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