The causal relation of fungi to the diseases of the ear, nose and throat has not received the consideration warranted by its importance and frequency. During a period of twelve months I have observed seventeen patients with verified fungous infection of the ear, nose, throat and respiratory tract. These patients were seen in the routine of a private practice. Continued interest and search for mycotic infections will certainly reveal an increasing number of cases of this nature.
The earliest study of mycology preceded that of bacteriology by many years. The invention of the microscope immediately opened up a hitherto unknown world—a world peopled by grubs, maggots and crawling things that fascinated the early microscopists.
Athanasius Kircher of Fulda was probably the first to use the microscope in the detection of disease. One of his publications, dated 1658, describes his experiments on the nature of putrefaction, and he
WHALEN EJ. PATHOGENIC FUNGI. Arch Otolaryngol. 1936;24(4):436–454. doi:10.1001/archotol.1936.00640050448003
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