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August 1982

Pictorial Handbook of Medically Important Fungi and Aerobic Actinomycetes

Arch Dermatol. 1982;118(8):621. doi:10.1001/archderm.1982.01650200089027

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The senior author of this inexpensive laboratory manual is a recognized authority on the taxonomy of many species of medically important fungi. He and his coauthors have assembled a carefully researched, taxonomically current, reference handbook to aid the clinical microbiologist, medical technologist, or medical pathology student in the identification of fungi and aerobic actinomycetes. Dermatology residents need not apply.

The dichotomous key contains a large amount of important differential information, and a pictorial key is included, consisting of line drawings grouped under the common classes of fungi.

The plentiful photomicrographs at once represent the best and, perhaps, the worst features of the handbook. Most are scanning electron micrographs. These provide fascinating browsing, but could be confusing to a medical technologist who may find more practical value in lactophenol-cotton blue photomicrographs.

The glossary is excellent and provides terse English equivalents of many mycologic terms. The appendices consist of "Materials and Methods

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