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March 1974

Mellanby's "Scabies"

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Arch Dermatol. 1974;109(3):409. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630030063021

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To the Editor.—  Of the monographs studied during my training, the briefest, best written, and most exciting was Sir Kenneth Mellanby's "Scabies." First published in 1943 as part of the "Oxford War Manuals," it has been long out of print and denied to all but the energetic bibliophile. Fortunately, a soft-covered, inexpensive second edition has been made available by E. W. Classey, Ltd., 355 Hanworth Rd, Hampton, Middlesex, England.In the present era of equipmentoriented research, the contemporary reader will find these broadly based, biologically oriented, observations refreshing. Although two excellent monographs on scabies have subsequently appeared, most of Mellanby's observations are as pertinent to the dermatologist today as they were in 1943.

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