The clinical pathologist has received any monograph or book on the subject of medical mycology with hope, at least; the dermatologist, with apprehension. Up to the present the subject certainly has been in a chaotic state, and fundamental research is needed perhaps as urgently in this field as in any field of laboratory diagnosis.
This book does much to simplify the subject, chiefly by giving a series of emphatically positive statements concerning the laboratory diagnosis of mycologic diseases. It places the clinical side of the subject, so far as present information is concerned, within the reach of dermatologists and those general practitioners who desire to do more than prescribe ammoniated mercury and calamine lotion for every affliction of the skin. The first part of the book has a brief historical summary and a few cursory statements concerning classification, structure, physiology and methods of diagnosis. There is an adequate chapter on