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To the Editor:—
In regard to the query in The Journal, June 8, page 568, concerning severe pruritus in returning veterans, I would suggest that a search be made for evidence of scabies. The incidence of scabies in men returning from overseas has been extremely high and is frequently accompanied with urticaria. In urticaria per se there are rarely excoriations or breaks in the skin due to scratching. Treatment for the scabies relieves not only the infestation but the urticaria as well.
Shaw C. PRURITUS IN RETURNING VETERANS. JAMA. 1946;131(10):857. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870270057023