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July 1935


Author Affiliations

Secretary Regular Meeting, Dec. 18, 1934; President

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1935;32(1):149-159. doi:10.1001/archderm.1935.01470010152024

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Acarophobia. Presented by Dr. F. C. Combes.

L. M., a woman aged 29, was first seen by me about two weeks ago. She was accompanied by her brother who, like the other siblings, namely, three sisters, has the same complaint as the patient. For the last three months the patient has had a generalized pruritus which she ascribes to infestation with a mite. She has removed from her arms small black particles which, under the microscope, proved to be coal dust. At one time she presented two particles on the palm of one hand, one of which was over a millimeter in diameter and was easily brushed off. There is no evidence of itching and no dermographism. She has applied numerous remedies given her at various places, and she admits that nothing any physician tells her to the contrary will convince her that the particles are not parasites.



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