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More than a Mite Contagious: Crusted Scabies

Although an extensive skin infestation might be expected to cause serious discomfort, this is not always the case. A holiday visit sparked concern among family members when they saw that their relative, a 53-year-old woman who lived alone, was unable to perform routine daily activities. They brought her to the hospital to be evaluated for […]

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Scabies Outbreak in the 14th Century: Clues from Correspondence Between Poets

  The deleterious effects of scabies, an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis, were well known in the Middle Ages. Here we report descriptions of medieval “itch” by Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374), called the “Father of Humanism,” and Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375), 2 eminent Italian poets who influenced further famous artists such as Shakespeare and Chaucer. […]


Caught on Capsule: Iron-deficiency Anemia Due to Hookworm Infection (video)

A tiny ingestible camera identified an otherwise elusive source of anemia in a 63-year-old man. The patient presented to an outside hospital with a 2-week history of generalized weakness, malaise, nausea, and loss of appetite. He denied rectal bleeding. His past medical history was significant for a Billroth II gastric bypass and prior gastric angioectasias. […]


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