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October 1968

Cold Plastic Embedding of Dried Fungal Cultures

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology and Evans Memorial Department of Clinical Research, University Hospital and Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston University Medical Center.

Arch Dermatol. 1968;98(4):423-425. doi:10.1001/archderm.1968.01610160097019

Every dermatology laboratory in teaching hospitals is faced with the problem of maintaining an adequate teaching collection of fungal specimens. Even under optimal conditions some species gradually lose their characteristic morphology and undergo pleomorphic degeneration. The advantages of using dried fungal cultures as teaching aids are therefore brought to the attention of dermatologists. Cold plastic embedding of dried cultures yields permanent preparations which are stable, practically unbreakable, and easily stored.