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June 1959


AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(6):1004. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270060156024

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Finding a loose human head, a hand, and a foot a half-century old, lying around a pathology department, is a strange event, but identifying them, too boot, is unusual indeed. This little anecdote about Posadas and Wernicke's original case of coccidioidomycosis and other stories add to the interest of this detailed monograph. The author has a gift for teaching, and he has outlined the now considerable amount of knowledge of this disease with the tongue-twisting name. The purpose of this book is best expressed in Dr. Fiese's own words.

"We are often faced with the paradox of intimate acquaintance with a disease and embarrassing confusion about its cure....

"It will be thus with fungus Coccidioides. The meager therapeutic results already achieved at least demonstrate that coccidioidomycosis is not necessarily incurable. Because coccidioidal disease has heretofore been mainly of regional interest, research concerning its therapy has not always had high priority.

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