It is pertinent that a simplified, yet complete, manual on human mycology be available at this time, as there is a marked increase in the incidence of mycotic disease among the members of the armed forces. Dermatophytosis and other mycotic diseases among these men often produce considerable disability and loss of valuable time.
The first edition of this book was printed four years ago and has become well accepted as a guide to elementary human mycology. The second edition has been enlarged and rewritten in part. There are many added colored and halftone illustrations. The chapters on the passive transfer test and the data on the trichophytin, oidiomycin, coccidioidin, blastomycin and sporothricin tests, as well as the information on histoplasmosis, have been brought up to date. The authors have simplified the classification of fungous diseases so that the way is cleared for ready diagnosis by those who have only a