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August 5, 1974

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Fungal Infections

JAMA. 1974;229(6):709. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230440067046

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Medical mycology once was characterized by recondite scholarship and ornate line drawings of fungi. As in all medicine, the old medical mycology is being replaced by the new, because highly effective therapy, specific diagnostic tests, and notable biochemical advances have transformed the field. Clinically valuable information is emerging about the modulation of species and the mechanisms by which fungi invade human tissues. Understanding the human defenses and responses to pathogenic fungi involves new concepts in immunology that are necessary in the modern medical care for the seriously ill patient. Concerning all this vast change, the physician should be properly curious. This book, composed of 41 very unequal articles, only satisfies a little of this curiosity.

For the experienced dermatologist, the text offers concise reviews of several systemic mycoses, some new and useful clinical facts, and such surprising pieces as a 15-page history of pityriasis versicolor, and an elaborate study of