Medical Mycology, a monograph published as Vol. 50, Art. 10 of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

by Reiss, Frederick, Editor, and 15 other authors, pp. 192, illustrated, paper, New York Academy of Sciences, September 6, 1950, price $2.75

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A knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of fungus diseases of man is highly important to workers in the Tropics, and the New York Academy of Sciences is again to be commended for presenting a Symposium on this timely subject.

The introduction together with the first four papers present the fundamental historical, medical, public health, systematic and investigative aspects of mycology. Dr. Reiss recounts the main reasons for its presentation and Dr. Dodge in his characteristically thorough style reviews its history. They both suggest problems which need early solutions. Dr. Salvin illustrates well the public health and epidemiologic aspects of mycology by brief discussions of actinomycosis, sporotrichosis, coccidioidomycosis, histoplasmosis and tinea capitis. Dr. Moore discusses the basic techniques and states why the terminology attained its recent chaotic state. He emphasizes the importance of adhering to the International Rules of Botanical Nomenclature but also concludes that some provision should be made for a clinical classification.