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June 1981

Laboratory Medical Mycology

Author Affiliations

Santa Monica, Calif

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(6):378. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650060068035

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The substantial increase in the frequency of "opportunistic mycoses" during the last two decades has stressed the need for trained mycologists and clinical mycology laboratories. The aim of the author is to bring together the information needed by the medical team to provide rapid, accurate care for the patient with mycotic disease. The book is intended not as basic instruction in taxonomy or nomenclature of fungi, but as a guide for technicians, residents, physicians, and graduate students interested mainly in clinical mycology.

This hardbound book of 410 pages contains a wealth of information, with clear and precise descriptions of the requirements essential to the mycology laboratory. Fungus culture collection, preservation, quality control, and specimen collection, examination, and processing are discussed in considerable detail. The cutaneous, subcutaneous, and opportunistic mycoses, the yeasts, and the more commonly encountered saprobes together with a brief description of the diseases that they produce are adequately

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