The history of scabies is fascinating and its literature voluminous. A recent sketch of the history by Beeson1 has prompted this note.
The question as to who first discovered and described the itch mite is still a subject of dispute which does not seem likely to be settled in the near future.
It is, however, generally accepted as a fact that the letter of Bonomo to Redi contains the first accurate description of the mite, and it is accompanied by a drawing giving a fairly accurate picture of its appearance.
Almost every one who writes on the history of scabies refers to this letter, but few seem to have seen it, probably because it is so rare that it is difficult to consult. It is a document of so great significance in the history of scabies that it seems worth while to make it accessible by reproducing it in
LANE JE. BONOMO'S LETTER TO REDIAN IMPORTANT DOCUMENT IN THE HISTORY OF SCABIES. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1928;18(1):1–25. doi:10.1001/archderm.1928.02380130004001
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