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December 1924

FINDING THE ACARUS

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1924;10(6):755. doi:10.1001/archderm.1924.02360300091008

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Abstract

To the Editor.—  As a constant reader of your valuable journal, may I make a comment on the statement contained in Dr. Douglass W. Montgomery's article on the "Itch Mite and Its Burrow" in the October issue? Dr. Montgomery holds that "fishing" for the acarus with a needle is uncertain and unnecessary and that a better way is to pinch up a fold of the skin and shave off a slice of the epidermis.The reason for this letter is that I hold that with due dexterity the extraction of the acarus is practically a certainty, that it is not a prolonged operation, that it does less damage to the skin, and in some cases may be the only method of demonstrating the cause of the disease without severe injury.As regards the time taken in extraction, one of my students timed me during two extractions at the hospital, and

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