Scabies increases in wartime, as every physician knows and as history shows. One may expect in this global war a heavy increase in scabies. Even now the spread is observable. In an outpatient department of a medical school admitting on an average 500 patients a year there were only 7 cases in three years; in the year 1942 there were 9 cases. This is an indication of the increase to be expected among the civilian population.
As a major in World War I and after the war as chief of the dermatologic department at the Wilhelminenspital, Vienna, one of us (M. O.) observed the incidence of scabies from the beginning of the war until its end and afterward among the civilian population and devised a method for the rapid cure of the disease.
In the Wilhelminenspital there were 18 cases in January 1915, 33 in January 1916, 101 in January
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