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June 1940

An Introduction to Medical Mycology

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;41(6):1198-1200. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490120200024

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This volume will be welcomed by mycologists, dermatologists and physicians in general as the first really practical book on medical mycology in the English language. It is divided into two parts. The first part deals with the clinical, theoretic and experimental aspects of fungous diseases, and the second, with laboratory methods.

After a brief historical review of the progress of medical mycology, the authors discuss the classification, structure and physiologic requirements of fungi. Fifteen methods for the diagnosis of fungous diseases are enumerated: clinical symptoms and signs, direct microscopic examination, cultures, filtered ultraviolet radiation, cutaneous tests, animal inoculation, fermentation, agglutination, precipitation and complement fixation tests, fusion of mycelia, histologic studies, therapeutic tests, autoinoculation and roentgenologic and spinal fluid examinations.

The chapter on immunity and cutaneous sensitization is based largely on the personal investigations of the authors. It gives a detailed review of the trichophytin test, its literature (American and European),

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