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April 18, 1966

Cutaneous Responses to InsectsTypes and Mechanism of Reactions

JAMA. 1966;196(3):259-262. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100160109031

In this discussion concerning the cutaneous effects of insects on human beings, it is necessary to emphasize that, due to the great variety of insects involved and the large number of clinical responses they may produce, only a summary of available data can be given.

Sabrosky1 estimated that the number of kinds or species of insects throughout the world which had been named and described by the end of 1948 was nearly 700,000. It was suggested that this number might reach 1 1/2 million at some later time. To make it more local, the state of New York had over 15,000 species tabulated, including 3,600 kinds of flies.

The orders, their common names, and number of species per order are shown in Table 1.1

The effects on the skin, as well as on other tissues of the body, are most commonly considered to result from the insects' bite

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