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April 1981

Medical Mycology: Proceedings of Mycological Symposia of the XII International Congress of Microbiology

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(4):248. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650040064029

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This book contains the proceedings of a symposium held in Munich, Germany, in connection with the 12th International Congress of Microbiology. In general, the papers were summaries or state-of-the-art discussions about a particular topic rather than the presentation of newly generated research data.

The first section is on the subject of dimorphism. Professor K. Kashkin presented a lengthy and extremely interesting review of the changes in antigen mosaic of an organism while undergoing morphologic transition. He extrapolated these antigenic changes to changes in composition, physiology, and, particularly, the appearance or disappearance of particular enzymes. These findings may help, in part, to unravel the bewildering diversity of antigen systems that occur during mycotic infections and their inconsistencies from patient to patient.

In a second section on ecological aspects of mycotic diseases, a particularly noteworthy contribution was made by Dr M. P. English. She has reported the changing occurrences of particular anthropophilic

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