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In this second edition the authors have more than doubled the number of written pages, increased from 25 to 40 the number of dermatophyte species discussed, and included descriptions of the keratinophilic soil fungi of the genera Arthroderma and Chrysosporium. The text is well written, brief, and informative. Each of the dermatophyte species is discussed in an outline form as follows: invasion of hair, clinical disease, epidemiology, geographic distribution, appearance of thallus (colony), microscopic morphology, special nutritional requirements, variants, perfect state, special media, critical characteristics, and key references are given. The microscopic morphology is depicted diagramatically and actual photomicrographs of the various aleuriospores (conidia) has been added to this revision. Colored photographs of the thallus morphology are included, but some of the previous prints have been replaced with ones depicting a more typical morphology.
The most useful new contribution to this edition is the inclusion of a key for the
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