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April 27, 1929


JAMA. 1929;92(17):1446-1447. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700430048016

A man inquired at a drugstore, desiring to purchase ten thousand cockroaches, five thousand bedbugs and a similar number of assorted insect pests. He explained to the druggist that he was about to move from an apartment in which he had resided for several years, and that the lease signed by him demanded that he leave the apartment in the same condition as that in which he found it. The British courts1 have just awarded £481 damages to a woman on the ground that the encouragement of cockroaches by neighbors on a lower floor and the consequent invasion of her premises by numbers of these insects had produced in her insomnia and nervousness, damaged her rooms and her curtains, and caused her considerable work in an attempt at extermination. Her claim included £110 special damages for repairs, materials, cleaning and medical attendance.

In the course of the investigation, her