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July 2, 1949

The Story of Scabies. Volume I: The Prevalence (Civil and Military), Prevention and Treatment of Scabies, and the Biology of Acarus Scabiei, from the Earliest Times to the Beginning of World War II

JAMA. 1949;140(9):847-848. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900440089032

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Abstract

This interesting volume is concerned with the prevalence (civil and military), prevention and treatment of scabies from the earliest times to the beginning of the last war. This book is the first one of a series of four volumes on the subject of scabies to be published by the author. It incorporates many of his previously published works in the field.

The history of scabies constitutes a fascinating chapter in the annals of medicine, and it is well described and profusely illustrated in this book. The chapter mentioning Napoleon's affliction with scabies is one of many historical observations and studies presented in an interesting fashion. Too many histories, medical and otherwise, are merely chronologic compilations of events, whereas this story of scabies is both readable and entertaining and yet scholarly and analytic. The clinical and photomicrographic illustrations have been carefully chosen and well reproduced. Several individual plates showing the itch

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