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To the Editor:—
I read with interest in The Journal of June 8 the note headed "Severe Pruritus in Returning Veterans." Without seeing these veterans I would be willing to make a 50 to 1 bet that they are suffering from scabies. The incidence of this was extremely high among our soldiers in Europe and seemed the rule rather than the exception among European civilians. The lack of bathing facilities on returning troop ships, I observed, frequently caused wide dissemination over the body where only a few scabetic lesions had existed before. Again, in the great embarkation camps of Europe, soldiers drew extra blankets, which they turned in again when they sailed a few days later, and these blankets were drawn by some one else promptly. Thus I think some contracted it just as they left, while others noticed it for the first time about when they arrived. I have
Humphrey EC. PRURITUS IN RETURNING VETERANS. JAMA. 1946;131(10):857. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870270057025