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March 12, 2001

The Itch to Write (A Personal Account)

Arch Intern Med. 2001;161(5):643-647. doi:10.1001/archinte.161.5.643

BUT THERE is a disorder of the head marked with strong and peculiar symptoms that is relieved only by scratching incessantly on paper with a pen or by pounding on a typewriter or computer.*1 The affected individual may wake up from a sound sleep or be sitting at the dinner table, riding in a car, listening to a lecture, or reading a book when he or she is seized with an attack. I had a sudden attack of this incurable condition while flying in an airplane. Therefore, I was forced to write the first draft of this article in an effort to relieve the generalized itching that almost disabled me.

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