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July 1978

Scabies and Pediculosis

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Oakland, Calif

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(7):1088. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640190070029

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This volume is a spinoff of the 1976 International Conference on Scabies and Pediculosis (Minneapolis) and includes 22 chapters on scabies, with eight chapters on pediculosis by quite varied authorities. The contributions range from the feckless and arcane, to Dr Mellanby's electrifying accounts of the mite's life.

The various syndromes of scabies are adequately, though unevenly and repetitiously, presented. For example, canine scabies is presented in four chapters. However, acute glomerulonephritis secondary to infection with nephritogenic streptococcal infection is nicely presented from an epidemiologic standpoint, although the study populations of Trinidad and, to lesser extents, Africa and Redlake, Minn, may not adequately reflect the average reader's patient population. The chapters on scabies in Denmark, Norway, Venezuela, and the United Stated contain various difficulties in application to the average dermatologic practice, but were nonetheless interesting. The recognition of a waning of this epidemic is discussed, as well as the problems devolving

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