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November 7, 1977

Color Atlas of Medical Mycology

JAMA. 1977;238(19):2075. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280200087037

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Learning medical mycology from a beautiful book like this should be a pleasure. More than 400 color photographs of excellent quality portray the salient facts of basic and clinical mycology: gross cultures (including contaminants), microscopic characteristics in cultures and tissue, potassium hydroxide preparations of scales and hair (with common artifacts shown), and clinical variations of the dermatophyte, yeast, and deep fungal diseases.

The written text is also practical and clearly written, with excellent translation from the original French edition published in 1974. Although American readers must adjust to European terminology, this problem is minor, since all of the known synonyms for each organism and disease are clearly listed in several sections and tables. A glossary of fungal terms, with illustrations of each type of spore, mycelium, and reproductive organ, also helps with terminology, as does the excellent index. Unfortunately, no references are included, which particularly hampers the usefulness of sections