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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 147-148

Book Review 3

Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate, Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry - 605 006, India

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Kanungo R. Book Review 3. Indian J Med Microbiol 2003;21:147-8

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Kanungo R. Book Review 3. Indian J Med Microbiol [serial online] 2003 [cited 2020 Jun 4];21:147-8. Available from:

Chander J. Text Book of Medical Mycology, Second edition, April 2002, Mehta Publishers, New Delhi. Rs.320.00
The author has updated the second edition of this book with many additional features. In the first section containing the general features of introducing the subject, the author has dealt with the magnitude of the problem of fungal infections in the present era highlighting it with a table on predisposing factors. His comments on endemic mycoses, biological warfare, emerging and re-emerging infections including properties of fungi, make interesting reading. However, the sub-heading dealing with safety in mycology laboratory in this chapter could have been included in the chapter on Laboratory diagnosis of fungal diseases.
Chapters on morphology and taxonomy have been written well with schematic diagrams and photomicrographs. Table of classification of fungi is exhaustive and informative, however the source from where it has been adapted needs to be acknowledged. Fungal diseases have sketchy information on immune response by the host although most have an immunological base. The chapter on immunity in fungal diseases, discusses some salient features of cell mediated as well as humoral immunity and has a table on virulence factors which will be of use to students of medical mycology in understanding the mechanisms of fungal disease.
Laboratory diagnosis of fungal diseases is a brief outline of some important laboratory techniques, and antifungal drugs with some techniques of testing completes applied aspect of mycology. Subsequent chapters deal with fungal diseases of specific anatomical distribution as is commonly described.
Each chapter has been updated with diagrams, photographs and histopathology. However the quality of some of these could have been improved to demonstrate detailed features. References are exhaustive and up to date incorporating a large number of Indian literature which will be handy for those pursuing post graduate course in microbiology and allied medical specialties, making it useful in the Indian context.
Like most recent standard mycology text books the author has also devoted chapters to emerging medically important fungal diseases like pneumocystosis, and penicilliosis marneffei. Rare fungal infections like Adiaspiromycosis, Pythiosis have also been dealt in brief chapters. Dealing separately with allergic fungal diseases the author has briefly outlined its clinical implication including diseases like bagassosis and byssinosis. Mycotoxins and mycetismus that complete the plethora of fungal association with disease in this book. Common laboratory contaminants have been described in short with diagrams. Quality of some of the schematic diagrams could have been improved. The last section of the book is made up of appendices to laboratory aids like media, staining, and common techniques involved in handling specimen for fungal isolation and identification. This section will be of help to the student and technical person in microbiology, involved in laboratory diagnosis of fungal infections.
Information and addresses of International and National centres for type culture will be found useful for laboratory personnel and students alike for further information and identification of their isolates. Another useful information is the method of preservation of fungal cultures. Two interesting aspects of this book are a hundred multiple choice questions at the end, meant for self assessment and selected bibliography of reference text books and laboratory manuals in Mycology, which will help those wanting to read further. Software packages in medical mycology is an interesting addition in this book. In the present age of internet facilities it will provide wide ranging access to information.
Priced at an affordable cost of Rs 320/-, this book will be very handy for postgraduate students of microbiology and other allied clinical specialties including medicine and dermatology. Undergraduate students of microbiology will find in this, useful referral material. 

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