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June 1978

The Lady and the Flea

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Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(6):966-968. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640180096040

To the Editor.—  In the latter part of the 19th century, a small book was printed privately in Cincinnati by Henry F. Farny, the famous painter of Indians, and was presented to Richard H. Wald. This book has current interest in the clinical features of the bites of fleas. The pictures of takeoffs of various periods of art show the uncomfortable woman and the bemused gentleman observing but evidently not bitten. In the family group, women show bite reaction usually more than other members,"THE LADY AND THE FLEA." A TALE OF A TALE.Fig 1.—"The Lady and the Flea," front page.PUBLISHED BY THE SOCIETY FOR THE DISSEMINATION OF USELESS KNOWLEDGE AND THE LEAGUE FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE CASTANEA VULGARIS.Plate G.From the Jocund Tales of Augsburg (Nuremburg, Mathias Kopurger, 1487). The original was engraved by Hermann Fogel or Vogel, 1453-1526, pupil of Albert Durer. Fogel is