Fungi are much more than moldy creatures that decompose old food. In fact, infectious fungi are among the most common disease-causing agents in the world. Whether afflicted with ringworm or thrush, nearly 99 percent of all people will contract a fungus at least once. While most cases produce only annoying consequences, some can be quite deadly. Millions in the tropics die each year from this disease, and the problem is becoming more and more common in the United States. In Infectious Fungi, students will learn about the symptoms, ailments, and treatment options of a variety of infectious fungi, as well as the challenges now facing the treatment of this disease and the growing threat to public health.
Full-color photographs and illustrations. Sidebars. Charts. Diagrams. Further reading. References. Glossary. Resources. Web sites. Index.
About the Author(s)
David L. Brock is a nationally acclaimed science educator with over 16 years of experience. A 2001 Presidential Awardee, he currently teaches at Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, MD. He is the project director for the Environmental Science Summer Research for Young Women and has received numerous grants from the Toshiba America Foundation and other organizations for his work with adolescent girls and soil ecology. He has done work on microbe education at the Marine Biological Lab and the Paul F-Brandwein Institute, and he regularly gives workshops on how to study soil microbes in the classroom. In 2002, his soil ecology curriculum for high school students earned him the Gustav Ohaus Award from the National Science Teachers Association, and in 2005, they identified this program as one of 15 exemplary science teaching programs in the country. He has published over 60 articles, book chapters, and reviews in such journals as The American Biology Teacher, Science Activities, and Science Books and Films.
Foreword by David Heymann, World Health Organization