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Of Lice and Men

Melanie M. Pickett, BA1; Melissa A. Muszynski, MD2; Scott A. Norton, MD3
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1University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston
2MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC
3Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(3):250. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.9980.
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Lice have annoyed hominids for millions of years, since long before Pediculus humanus branched, once or multiple times, into its capitis and corporis ecotypes. Although head louse infestations receive a particularly bad reputation from media and mothers, this condition in reality is more pesky than pestilent. Head lice carry negligible risk of disease transmission and therefore have minimal morbidity.1 Popular media, however, portray head lice as an affliction of the unclean and uncouth. Television often depicts pediculosis as a disgrace invited by lapsed personal hygiene and fully deserving of society’s scorn.

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