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December 1984

Occupational Mycoses

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Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(12):2317. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.00350220029006

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This slender volume starts out with the best of intentions. At the present time, there is no written body of knowledge under one cover that pertains to occupational diseases caused by fungi. Therefore, the aim of the book is laudible.

Unfortunately, closer reading of the book will show that relatively little is known about the occupational risks of fungal diseases. This multiauthored text, most of whose authors are well-known authorities in mycology, have done yeoman's duty in attempting to bring together the markedly diffused and dispersed body of knowledge under one cover. Regrettably, this attempt further underscores our woeful ignorance in the role of fungi in occupational diseases.

The format of the book is fairly standard, with single chapters being devoted to the major fungi. It is in the first chapters, dealing with the pathogenic fungi, where the sparsity of known material is so disturbing. Under the heading of occupational

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