In recent years there has been an increasing incidence
of mycoses, diseases caused by fungi. This increase is
largely due to the widespread use of antibiotic,
immunosuppressive, corticosteroid, and cytotoxic drugs.
Because of this increased incidence of mycoses, a need
for laboratory specialists to learn about and to
medically important fungi is greater than ever.
These lessons discusses important topics such as
procedures for the collection and processing of
mycologic specimens, media and equipment, taxonomy and
characteristics of important fungi, and techniques for
the culture identification of fungal pathogens.
Here are some suggestions that may be helpful to you
in completing these lessons:
- Read and study each lesson carefully.
- Complete the course lesson by lesson. After
completing each lesson, work the exercises at the
end of the lesson
- After completing each set of lesson exercises,
compare your answers with those on the solution
sheet that follows the exercises. If you have
answered an exercise incorrectly, check the
reference cited after the answer on the solution
sheet to determine why your response was not the