N. Gohar, M.R.C.S. (Eng.), L.R.C.P. (London). Assistant Professor, Parasitology and Mycology, Department of Clinical Parasitology, Kasr el Aini Faculty of Medicine, Fouad I University, Cairo, Egypt. Mycoses and Practical Mycology

A Handbook for Students and Practitioners. With a Foreword by Sir Philip Manson-Bahr, C.M.G., D.S.O., M.A., M.D., D.T.M. and H. (Cantab.), F.R.C.P. (Lond.), Pp. xi plus 234. Figs. 134, color pl. IV. Baltimore, The Williams & Wilkins Co. 1948. $6.00.

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There are so few texts and reference books on fungous diseases of man that a new handbook on the subject, designed primarily for physicians and medical students, elicits unusual interest. The main difficulty in the field of medical mycology is that students of the fungi are almost without exception untrained in clinical medicine and that practitioners of medicine have little or imperfect knowledge concerning the etiology of mycotic infections. While the volume under review has been written from the clinical point of view, it evidences considerable understanding of the agents responsible for the pathological and clinical pictures referred to as the “Mycoses.” The book is divided into twelve chapters, which will be briefly considered.

Chapters I and II deal with the general features of mycology, including the etiology of mycoses, together with definition, structure, reproduction and classification of the fungi. This material is well presented and complete with the exception of the classification, which is confinedto the Eumycetes, whereasthe Pseudomycetes,which include Actinomyces and NOCardia, are omitted.