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February 28, 1966

The Fungous Diseases of Man

JAMA. 1966;195(9):792. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100090126049

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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

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