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November 16, 1918

SCABIES IN MILITARY AND CIVIL LIFE: ITS DIFFERENTIATION, COMPLICATIONS AND TREATMENT

Author Affiliations

(Philadelphia) Captain, M. R. C., U. S. Army; Dermatologist, U. S. Army Base Hospital No. 10 FRANCE

JAMA. 1918;71(20):1657-1658. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26020460008010a

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Abstract

War is the great teacher of efficiency. The greater the man power that can be kept in the field and the fewer men that have to be sent to the rear for disability, the sooner will victory end this world war. There is probably no greater problem today in the fighting forces in Europe than the group of animal parasitic diseases. It has often been said that intense itching which keeps the patients awake night after night is harder to bear than pain. There seems to be a rather chaotic condition present as to the understanding of the clinical manifestations of scabies, its differentiation from the various forms of pediculosis, its complications and its treatment. The various animal parasitic conditions attacking the skin should be under the care of trained dermatologists rather than being distributed haphazard among all of the general hospitals. If the excellent suggestions typed by Major H.

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