After studying this chapter the students will be able to,
• Identify the pathogenic fungi most commonly causing disease by using advanced techniques. Fungal infection is common in developing countries so we should be aware of prevention and treatment of fungal infections.
• Study the taxonomy, structure and classification of medically important fungi.
• Study mycosis, its pathogenesis, clinical feature, treatment and prophylaxis.
• Study about the collection, processing of the sample and molecular diagnosis of fungal infections
1. Classification of fungi based on the Host parasitic Relationship
2. Superficial Cutaneous Mycosis.
3. Subcutaneous Mycoses
4. Systemic Mycosis
5. Opportunistic Mycosis
The branch of biology that deals with the study of fungi is known as “Mycology”. The term is derived from Greek work ‘Mykes’ means mushroom and ‘Logos’ means study. Medical Mycology is the study of fungal infection, epidemiology, ecology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment in human beings. Raymond Jacques Sabouraud (1864–1936) is the father of Medical Mycology.