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December 1981

The Medical Mycology Handbook

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(12):818. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650120064031

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The Medical Mycology Handbook was written for the medical technologist responsible for the identification of clinical isolates of fungi. However, this excellent volume is a concise, compact, quickly available source of pertinent information for the clinician, pathologist, mycologist, and student. A summary of essential information concerning each fungal disease is clearly presented. Ready references to standard textbooks are listed for more depth of information. The characteristics of the infecting organisms, the predisposing factors to infection, the clinical disease features, the therapy, the population at risk, and the geography of the diseases are outlined along with much detail on the proper methods for taking specimens for isolation of the infectious agent and the appropriate culture media to be used. The authors clearly present precise procedures for the handling and identification of fungal pathogens. However, for quick review and for cursory information, the authors also include numerous charts, grafts, and flow sheets

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