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Larone’s Medically Important Fungi: A Guide to Identification, 6th Edition

Authors: Thomas J. Walsh1, Randall T. Hayden3, Davise H. Larone4
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Affiliations: 1: Weill Cornell Medicine of Cornell University, New York; 2: Presbyterian Hospital, and Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York; 3: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee; 4: Professor Emerita, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York
Content Type: Reference
Format: Electronic
Publication Year: 2018

Category: Clinical Microbiology

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The definitive guide for identifying fungi from clinical specimens

Davise H. Larone is well known as the originator of the book that many readers have come to rely upon for assistance in the accurate identification of fungi from patient specimens, a key step in treating mycotic infections. Dr. Larone has now been joined by Thomas J. Walsh and Randall T. Hayden to update this gold standard reference while retaining the format that has made this guide so popular for more than 40 years.

Led by editors Siddhartha Thakur and Kalmia Kniel, a team of expert authors provides insights into critical themes surrounding preharvest food safety, including:

, will expand your knowledge and support your work by:

  • Providing detailed descriptions of the major mycoses as viewed in patients’ specimens by direct microscopic examination of stained slides
  • Offering a logical step-by-step process for identification of cultured organisms, utilizing detailed descriptions, images, pointers on organisms’ similarities and distinctions, and selected references for further information
  • Covering nearly 150 of the fungi most commonly encountered in the clinical mycology laboratory
  • Presenting details on each organism’s pathogenicity, growth characteristics, relevant biochemical reactions, and microscopic morphology, illustrated with photomicrographs, Dr. Larone's unique and elegant drawings, and color photos of colony morphology and various test results
  • Explaining the current changes in fungal taxonomy and nomenclature that are due to information acquired through molecular taxonomic studies of evolutionary fungal relationships
  • Providing basic information on molecular diagnostic methods, e.g., PCR amplification, nucleic acid sequencing, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, and other commercial platforms
  • Including an extensive section of easy-to-follow lab protocols, a comprehensive list of media and stain procedures, guidance on collection and preparation of patient specimens, and an illustrated glossary

With , both novices and experienced professionals in clinical microbiology laboratories can continue to confidently identify commonly encountered fungi.

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