Dermatophytes: Their Recognition and Identification

by Gerbert Rebell, M.S., David Taplin, and Harvey Blank, M.D., Department of Dermatology, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida. 58 pages, paper back, illustrated, three color plates. Dermatology Foundation of Miami, Miami, Florida. 1964. $2.00

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  • Department of Pathology Charity Hospital and Department of Tropical Medicine and Medical Parasitology Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana

The authors have selected a single, important group of fungi, the Dermatophytes, and presented it very adequately in pictures and descriptions.

The diagrammatic drawings illustrate the morphologic and growth characteristics of each organism. The color photographs of the gross specimens are especially admirable. The terminology accepted by the Mycology Section of the Communicable Disease Center of Atlanta, Georgia, has been followed. An Index of Synonyms is included to enable the reader to recognize the organism when older or different terminologies are used in the literature.

The fungi presented are retained in the class Deuteromycetes, following the presently accepted classification. The Ascigerous forms of the Microspora are described in such a manner that the student can understand why these organisms may ultimately be placed among the Ascomycetes.

This manual should prove valuable to the Clinical Pathologist, the Epidemiologist, the Veterinarian and the Mycologist insofar as their interests lie with the Dermatophytes.