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To the Editor:—
Under "Severe Pruritus in Returning Veterans" on page 568 of The Journal, June 8, the problem of urticaria in returning veterans is discussed. The condition described in the inquiry looks to me more like scabies than like urticaria. Therefore, the advice given will be just as useless as the treatment given by the inquirer. A good many soldiers contracted scabies on troop ships coming home. The nature of their trouble is well proved by the scores of cases occurring in their families. Unrecognized scabies in returning veterans is so common that I feel the advice should be amended accordingly.
Muller J. PRURITUS IN RETURNING VETERANS. JAMA. 1946;131(10):857. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870270057024