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July 1941

Scabies—Civil and Military

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;44(1):142. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01500010145026

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This volume contains much of interest concerning scabies and a great deal of information which is not usually found in a single text. The historical data concerning acarus infestation, the biblical references and the progress made in the discovery of the cause and treatment of this disease are read with interest. A large part of the treatise is too much beleaguered with ponderous statistics, charts and complications to prove easy reading, but as a source of reference these pages are valuable.

Approximately one fourth of the book deals with scabies as it affects civil life; an equal portion discusses the "Mite of Scabies Versus the Might of the Army." The loss of "man-fighting-days" that may result from scabies infestation has always been a potent factor in army history; this scourge has plagued the hosts of Alexander, caused sleepless nights in the camps of Napoleon and is still reducing army efficiency

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