REPORT OF CASES
The patient, E. S., is a slenderly built girl, aged 13, of French-Irish descent, a pronounced brunette in type. The family history is negative for nervous diseases, syphilis, or conditions such as dyshidrosis in any form. The personal history is likewise negative excepting the statement by the child's mother that the patient has always been nervous and irritable, never playing with the other children. The patient is of about the average mentality considering age and sex.The chief complaint is uncontrollable and intense itching about the axillae, breasts, perineum and pubis.The pruritus began at the age of 10 (three years previous to admission) in the axillae, which showed no skin lesion at that time aside from that produced by scratching. Medications of various kinds were applied without avail. The condition became so irritating that the child had to be taken from school and restrained.