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Human Infection With Fungi, Actinomycetes and Algae.

Te Wen Chang, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(5):792. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650050110028.
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For the first time, a comprehensive book on the diseases caused by fungi, actinomycetes, and algae has been published. Its appearance has indeed reduced the stature of Medical Mycology by Emmons, Binford, and Utz to "A Synopsis of Medical Mycology."

First of all, the title of the book is correct. In spite of continuing objections, it has been a traditional practice to include the diseases caused by actinomycetes and nocardia into the section on mycotic infections. In fact, both actinomycetes and nocardia belong to high bacterial species, not fungal.

Secondly, the book can be considered a volume of monographs. Judging from the author index, over 9,000 references have been incorporated into the text. In addition, 796 figures and many tables are included.

The book is divided into eight sections:

The section on general considerations gives a brief summary of the scope and general pathology of human disease, mycology of the


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