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Assists in the laboratory identification of fungi using the most recent taxonomic classifications. The text includes more than 15 years of proficiency testing. Merges in vitro mycology (colonies on plated media/LPAB preparations) with in vivo mycology (histology/cytology). Contents include yeast and yeast-like fungi, hyaline molds, dermatophytes, dimorphic fungi, mucormycetes, and dematiaceous fungi. Also included are collection, transport, and culturing of clinical specimens for fungi; identification methods; colonial and microscopic morphology, taxonomy, and disease characteristics; essential facts, including potential look-alikes, key differentiating features, ecology, and MALDI-TOF; and in-depth A Closer Look At… discussions.