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So long as scabies remains the important disease that it is—actively contagious, at times difficult of diagnosis and also of treatment, being often dovetailed into the community where it is found—so long is it a subject worthy of our consideration. What I have to relate bears upon the foregoing statements.
Some years ago I entered upon a country practice where there had been a well-trained and able physician. How he missed certain cases of the itch I do not know, unless it were from the fact that they occurred in the foremost family in town, who were unwilling to admit that they could have the itch. Said the mother to me, "I thought it was poor folks that had the itch." I replied that the mites liked rich folks just as well, only their more liberal use of soap was in the parasite's way. In this family the father, who was
ELISHA CHENERY. EXPERIENCES WITH SCABIES.Read before the Section of Dermatology and Syphilography, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held in Detroit, Mich., June, 1892.. JAMA. 1893;XX(20):560–561. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420470014001e