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March 1945


Author Affiliations


From the Philadelphia State Hospital, Dr. C. A. Zeller, Superintendent.

From the Smyth Laboratories.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;51(3):179-181. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510210021004

The control of pediculosis is a problem of primary importance to the civilian and military populations of the world today. On its control depends the control of louse-borne diseases, such as typhus. To realize the importance of pediculosis infestations it is only necessary to consider the incidence in the United States as well as in foreign countries. Busvine and Buxton1 have reported an incidence of 30 per cent to 50 per cent in young women in industrial areas of Britain. Twinn and MacNay2 reported that head lice are probably rather common in Canada. MacHaffie3 has reported a great loss of school attendance from this cause in Ottawa public schools. Davis4 stated that in a group of 1,278 persons studied in Mexico, 989 were found to have head lice. We have found in a study of 10,400 persons in three institutions that 1,487 had head