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June 6, 1936

Medical Mycology: Fungous Diseases of Men and Other Mammals

JAMA. 1936;106(23):2027-2028. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770230069028

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The title of this monograph is misleading. The author is not a physician. His references to the medical aspects of mycoses are incidental and brief. The pathology, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of the diseases arising from fungous infections are not discussed or at the most only briefly noted. The author is not culpable in this, however, but this condition arises as a result of the undeveloped state of this important field of medical science. As one scans the 160 pages of bibliography which the author has painstakingly perfected the critic finds abundant evidence of the scrappy, inadequate, incomplete and all too often duplicating nature of the professedly original contributions to this field. The real fault lies in the defect in medical education. Bacteriology alone dominates the entire field of infectious and communicable diseases and many, if not all, of those teaching it have never had any training at all, or

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