by J. Walter Wilson and Orda A. Plunkett, 428 pp, with illus, $15, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1965.
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Although interest in medical mycology stimulates the production of a new text with consistent regularity every three to four years, this latest contribution presents some features omitted by others.
Two of these deserve particular notice. One is the inclusion of a substantial section on the morphology of fungi, especially those pathogenic for man. Nothing is more frustrating to the student of medical mycology, seeking to go a little more deeply into the molds and slimes, than to discover the superficial treatment given by existent medical texts. Like other disciplines, mycology owns a delirious terminology, for which a glossary (as supplied) is essential to the neophyte. In the broad sense, "cleistothecial initials composed of clavate antheridium surrounded by coiled ascogonium" describes an attribute of a fungus known in its conidial state as Microsporum gypseum! Although laboratory workers usually have little interest in the organisms beyond establishment of diagnosis, there will be
Fite GL. The Fungous Diseases of Man. JAMA. 1966;195(9):792. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100090126049