High Impact Research (HIR) congratulates Prof. Dr. Ng Kee Peng, Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, for the recent publication of the book “A Guide to the Study of Basic Medical Mycology”. Since 2013, HIR has funded Prof. Ng’s project on dematiaceous fungi and we are delighted that this has contributed towards this rare gem of a book which will have great impact to medical students and medical laboratory technologists.
About the Book
Mycotic diseases are gaining importance as a result of the increase in the incidence of opportunistic fungal infections among immunocompromised patients. The identification of fungi isolated from clinical materials has posed a variety of problems to many laboratories due to the lack of expertise and experience, especially in the identification of recently emerged rare fungi that had not been previously reported.
Mycology is a small component of microbiology as taught in the undergraduate medical course. The exposure of most medical students to basic mycology is limited to a few medically important fungal species such as Candida, Cryptococcus, Aspergillus and the dermatophytes. However, many of the recently recognized fungal pathogens, such as dematiaceous fungi, are seldom included in the teaching modules. This will handicap young medical graduates when confronted with the ever increasing number of fungal pathogens.
This illustrated guide is meant to provide, as comprehensively as possible, the basic characteristics of fungi frequently isolated from clinical specimens. All the fungi illustrated in this manual are isolated from clinical materials obtained in the Mycology Laboratory, Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya.
The macro- and microscopic features of each fungus are graphically and pictorially presented, and it is hoped that this study guide will be useful to students in their study of clinically important fungi.