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April 9, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(15):465. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411190025005

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From Insect Life we occasionally derive information as to human parasites belonging to entomology. A recent article relates the case of a lady of St. Louis who suffered from the hominivorous habits of the screw-worm. The attack was first noticed by the patient in consequence of a nasal irritation with sneezing paroxysms of so great violence and constancy that a physician was called in. A diagnosis and treatment for influenza met with failure. The patient grew worse on the second and third days, having an increasing distress, intense pain between the eyes, with face, nares, eyes and pharynx greatly swollen. On the fourth day, two or three white worms were extruded from the nose by sneezing, which led to a local examination and a new diagnosis. A large number of white larvæ was seen attached to the nasal mucous membrane so far as its swollen condition permitted of its being

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