The development of medical mycology in the United States is assessed within the context of scientific progress as demonstrated by the creativity and scholarly contributions from research, technological activities, and training toward the management of fungal diseases. Although, it focuses on American figures and events, it covers the origins of the discipline in Europe and Latin America. It describes historically significant scientific, technological and educational development, and the narrative description is accompanied by an analysis of the causes of these and their perceived impact on the development of the discipline from the late 1880s into the 1990s. The development was conceptualised into five eras: "the era of discovery", "the formative years", "the advent of antifungal and immunosuppressive therapies", "the years of expansion" and "the era of transition".
Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Summary Chart. I. The Origin of Medical Mycology. II. The Era of Discovery: 1894 to 1919. III. The Formative Years: 1920 to 1949. IV. The Advent of Antifungal and Immunosuppressive Therapies: 1950 to 1969. V. The Years of Expansion: 1970 to 1979. VI. The Era of Transition: 1980 to 1994. VII. Summary and Conclusions. References. Appendix A: Analysis of Survey. Appendix B: Genealogical Training Trees. Appendix C: Medical Mycology Books. Appendix D: Historical Publications by Other Authors. Appendix E: List of Questionnaire Respondents and Interviews.
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