EDMUND L. KEENEY, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Many fungi are capable of producing disease in man. Some of these fungi are parasitic and are spoken of as pathogenic fungi because they invade and destroy tissue. It is not definitely known how such fungi spread but it is likely that changes in the hosts' tissues are due to the liberation of toxins by the fungi or to the development of hypersensitivity on the part of the host to the fungi or their break down products. Other fungi are purely saprophytic and, therefore, referred to as non-pathogenic fungi, but these fungi are capable of producing disease in man even
KEENEY EL. HYPERSENSITIVITY TO PATHOGENIC AND NON-PATHOGENIC FUNGI1. Ann Intern Med. 1950;33:418–430. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-33-2-418
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