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January 1986

Cutaneous Infestations and Insect Bites

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Ann Arbor, Mich

Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(1):108. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660130112042

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Cutaneous Infestations and Insect Bites is an interesting book. Edited by two well-known and respected authors, Milton Orkin and Howard Maibach, its list of contributors reads like a "who's who" in the world of cutaneous infestations. The book's primary emphasis is on scabies and pediculosis, with one chapter devoted to arthropod bites.

This book is professionally done, with easy-to-read print, an attractive cover, and good illustrations. The chapters are well written and consistently integrated, and they contain many useful points. Of particular interest are the sections about the life cycles of the human-head louse and the scabies mite. The chapter about animal infestation also provides stimulating reading. The main emphasis of the book is on scabies, with nearly two thirds of the chapters devoted to this subject. The section concerning therapy covers the available modalities well. I disagree, however, with Maibach and Orkin's conclusions that lindane should not be used

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