Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Doctor Fungus

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Doctor Fungus

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The Doctor Fungus website, located at http://www.doctorfungus.org/, strives to be an online reference source for all things mycological. The nonprofit site is continually revised, updated, and reviewed by an international team of pathologists, mycologists, pharmacologists, and other specialists. Although intended primarily for physicians, the site offers plenty of information for an educated lay audience. The site's resources are searchable by a number of ways: through topic headings down the middle of the homepage, a toolbar at the top of the homepage, a pull-down menu at the top of the homepage, and a sitewide search engine.

The Think You Have a Fungal Infection? section of the site has information on fungal infections in people, animals, and plants, plus a separate section devoted to yeast infections. The human portion has links to information on nine common fungal infections and a section on miscellaneous infections that can be caused by more than one type of fungus. Each disease is defined and described, color images of the fungus are available, and readers can learn about prognosis, therapy, histopathology, and laboratory tests used to confirm the presence of the fungus. Other information includes an overview of the natural habitat of each fungus and susceptibility testing where relevant. Links to other sites with information on the fungus are listed along with access to PubMed for searching for further research articles on the topic. …

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