In this book, we discuss the changing medical and public profile of
fungal infections in the period 1850–2000. We consider four sets of diseases:
ringworm and athlete’s foot; thrush or candidiasis ; endemic, geographically
specific infections in North America and mycotoxins; and aspergillosis.
purpose of the book, as its title implies, is to serve as a primer. The contents
are divided into two parts. The first deals with the clinical, theoretical and
experimental aspects of the subject, the second outlines the laboratory
procedures useful in examining a patient suspected of having one of the various
following pages represent in a much extended form the lectures and laboratory
exercises given by the author before his botanic classes at the University of
Pennsylvania, and before public audiences else- where, especially, Farmers'
Institutes with which he has had three years' experience as a lecturer in
Pennsylvania. The arrangement of the text has been suggested by the needs
of the classroom and from an acquaintance with similar work in other colleges
and universities in America.