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January 1950

An Introduction to Medical Mycology

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;61(1):173-174. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530080179032

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This is a valuable book which deals with the clinical, theoretic, experimental and laboratory aspects of medical mycology. Both the superficial and the deep mycoses are fully discussed. The clinical aspect of mycology is especially emphasized and described in considerable detail. The book is easily read and has numerous excellent photographs. It contains many pertinent references. The paper is of fine quality, and the book is well bound.

Classification and terminology might have been considered more fully because of the numerous confusing names which have been and are being used in mycology. For example, the authors use the name "Trichophyton gypseum" instead of "Trichophyton mentagrophytes," "Microsporum lanosum" instead of "Microsporum canis" and "Epidermophyton inguinale" instead of "Epidermophyton floccosum." The laboratory aspect of mycology could be presented more completely. Common contaminants are dealt with very briefly. More colored photographs of typical cultures would add greatly to the value of the book

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