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December 26, 1959

Mycoses of Man and Animals

JAMA. 1959;171(17):2370. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010350092024

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Dermatologists and medical and veterinary mycologists should welcome this textbook, which is an English translation of the third part of Dr. Maurice Langeron's admirable "Précis de Mycologie." The book hardly provides material for adverse criticism. The author has expressed his modesty in the following quotation from Terrence: "Since that which you wish cannot happen, you should desire what can happen." Indeed, more is offered in this volume than the modesty expressed in this motto would lead one to anticipate. The book presents a profound study of the common superficial and systemic mycoses, arranged in alphabetical order. A particular feature is that each disease is introduced by a brief review of outstanding historical facts. There follows a discussion of pertinent mycological, clinical, immunological, experimental, and therapeutic data, presented in a clear and concise style. The chapter dealing with dermatophytes raises several controversial issues in relation to classification, but this should not

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