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August 1950


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology and the Kettering Laboratory of Applied Physiology of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;62(2):245-260. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530150067008

Perhaps it is not well known among physicians that insects were present and well established on this earth long before man came. Dermatologists have taken some minor roles in the long struggle between insects and man. However, in the modern phase of the investigative aspects,1 dermatologists have an opportunity to play some major parts. Chemical control of insects is a definite part of the program of what I like to call modern preventive dermatology and certainly, of course, of global dermatology.

There is considerable interest in the amazing developments of new chemical agents for the control of insects. The general concepts have been summarized by Frear2: "Lyrical claims and hysterical warnings have largely given way to sensible recommendations for the safe use of new substances. It has been determined that none of them is a cure all but that each will find a useful place along with the