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June 1940


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From the services of Benton N. Colver, M.D., and H. J. Hara, M.D., White Memorial Hospital, Los Angeles.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;31(6):885-910. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660010900001

HISTORICAL OBSERVATIONS  The science of bacteriology, which is so familiar, is of relatively recent origin, while the study of the fungi began centuries ago. The science of the study of the fungi, or mycetes, is known as mycology. The first recorded instance of observation of fungi is that of Hooke, who recorded his study made in 1677. While examining a rose leaf with a hand lens he found that the yellow spots seen grossly were made up of fungi. A few years later, in 1686, Malpighi described a fungus of the genus Mucedo, and Aspergillus was first described by Micheli in 1729.During the remainder of the eighteenth century a number of botanists made a study of fungi, and during that century much progress was made in this science. In the nineteenth century the study of the parasitic fungi of man began to receive prominence. In 1839 Longenbeck discovered the

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