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April 1919

CLINICAL STUDIES ON THE EFFECTS OF LOUSE BITES—PEDICULUS CORPORIS

Author Affiliations

MINNEAPOLIS

From the Department of Pharmacology and the Division of Entomology and Economic Zoology, University of Minnesota.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1919;23(4):419-430. doi:10.1001/archinte.1919.00090210013002
Abstract

The previously reported observations of one of us (M.)1 indicated that a macular erythematous skin eruption, somewhat resembling that of measles or German measles, distributed over the chest, back and abdomen, may occur in a normal person who allows lice to feed on the skin of his forearm only. This eruption was accompanied by general lassitude and malaise, headaches, and peculiar pains in the calves of the legs and soles of the feet, particularly under the toes. Unfortunately the association of these symptoms with louse bites was not at first noted, hence definite data of the illness are not available.

REVIEW OF LITERATURE  An examination of the literature shows that phthirus pubis may cause a rise in temperature (Payne2) due to the toxic action of its bites, while it has also been demonstrated experimently to be the cause of maculae caeruleae. Duguet3 has shown that these spots may also be

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