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August 1976


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Clayton, Mo

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(8):1175. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630320073025

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To the Editor.—  The increasing popularity of scabies prompts me to make a few observations on bugs in general. During 1934 through 1936, when I was an intern and dermatology resident in St Louis, scabies was the commonest cause of attendance at the clinics. During World War II, its frequency increased considerably, then died down, and has again increased tremendously during the last two years. About five years ago, scabies was so scarce that when an infected family from the country came to my office, I had all of the dermatology residents and interns examine them. None of them had previously seen a patient with scabies. Now, the disease is again quite common, and there is no war on which to lay the blame.Scabies is very rare in blacks and only occasionally is seen in those who have some white ancestors. A further observation is that Missouri farmers do

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