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April 1975

Medical Mycology: The Pathogenic Fungi and the Pathogenic Actinomycetes

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San Francisco

 

by John Willard Rippon, PhD, 587 pp, 368 illus, $19.50, W.B. Saunders Co., 1974.

Arch Dermatol. 1975;111(4):544. doi:10.1001/archderm.1975.01630160134035

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Abstract

This is an updated, well-written, and well-illustrated book that presents a comprehensive view of medical mycology. The major subject areas covered in the book are treated in five general parts: the pathogenic actinomycetes (4 chapters); the pathogenic fungi (19 chapters); allergic diseases, mycetismus, and mycotoxicosis (1 chapter); taxonomy of fungal genetics (1 chapter); and pharmacology of actinomycotic drugs (1 chapter). Obviously, in terms of numbers of pages, major attention is given to pathogenic fungi. Chapters deal in depth with history, cause, ecology, clinical disease, laboratory identification, and mycology. Histopathology, therapy, and immunology and serology are discussed where needed. Each chapter has an adequate bibliography.

The first four chapters deal with the pathogenic actinomycetes, nocardiosis, other actinomycetous infections, and mycetoma. Although corynebacteria are not actinomycetes, they are discussed here as actinomycetous infections.

A brief but adequate chapter is written on the characteristics of fungi, followed by superficial infections, dermatophytes, yeast infections,

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