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Mr. Bloomfield's OrchardThe Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycologists$
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Nicholas P. Money

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154573

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154573.001.0001

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Insidious Killers

Insidious Killers

(p.21) CHAPTER 2 Insidious Killers
Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard

Nicholas P. Money

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This chapter discusses the fungal diseases (or mycoses) of humans. Topics covered include benign infections of the skin, hair, and nails caused by fungi called dermatophytes; Madurella mycetomatis, the fungus that causes mycetoma of the foot; a yeast called Cryptococcus neoformans that causes meningitis in about 10% of AIDS patients; melanized fungi; and one group of zygomycete fungi, the Mucorales, which cause a family of infections, termed the mucormycoses.

Keywords:   fungal diseases, fungi, infections, dermatophytes, yeast, melanized fungi, Mucorales

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