1. Introduction to Fundamental Medical Mycology

  1. Errol Reiss1,
  2. H. Jean Shadomy2 and
  3. G. Marshall Lyon III3

Published Online: 7 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118101773.ch1

Fundamental Medical Mycology

Fundamental Medical Mycology

How to Cite

Reiss, E., Shadomy, H. J. and Lyon, G. M. (2011) Introduction to Fundamental Medical Mycology, in Fundamental Medical Mycology, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118101773.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    Mycotic Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine, Richmond, Virginia, USA

  3. 3

    Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory University, School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 14 OCT 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470177914

Online ISBN: 9781118101773



  • medical mycology;
  • biological safety cabinet (BSC);
  • opportunistic pathogens


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Topics not Covered, or Receiving Secondary Emphasis

  • Biosafety Considerations: Before You Begin Work with Pathogenic Fungi…

  • Fungi Defined: Their Ecologic Niche

  • Medical Mycology

  • A Brief History of Medical Mycology

  • Rationale for Fungal Identification

  • Sporulation

  • Dimorphism

  • Sex in Fungi

  • Classification of Mycoses Based on the Primary Site of Pathology

  • Taxonomy/Classification: Kingdom Fungi

  • General Composition of the Fungal Cell

  • Primary Pathogens

  • Endemic Versus Worldwide Presence

  • Opportunistic Fungal Pathogens

  • Determinants of Pathogenicity

  • General References in Medical Mycology

  • Selected References for Introduction to Fundamental Medical Mycology

  • Websites Cited

  • Questions