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In 1687, Bonomo's "Letter to Redi'' gave the first accurate description of the itch mite accompanied by two drawings comparing it with the flour mite. The "Letter" also explains why the itch is treated in vain by medicines taken internally, and describes the external treatment which is still in use today. It is one of the most important documents in the history of scabies.
The question of the authorship of the letter has interested medical historians for a long time, as has the question of what part Cestoni, who is mentioned by Bonomo, had in the discovery of the mite and its demonstration as the cause of scabies.
In a recent article, which is a model of historical research and clearness of presentation of the results, Dr. Ugo Faucci of Livorno has thrown much new light on the history of the discovery of the itch mite. Faucci has found and
Contributo alla storia della scabbia. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1932;26(3):592. doi:10.1001/archderm.1932.01450030590024
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