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Combing and combating head lice

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2005
Authors:M. Dawes
Journal:Brit. Med. J.
Volume:331
Issue:7513
Pagination:362 - 363
Date Published:2005
ISBN Number:1468-5833
Keywords:animals, hair, humans, hygiene, insecticide, Lice Infestations/prevention & control, Pediculus, scalp dermatoses
Abstract:

You have to take your hat off to the head louse. Described in ancient Egyptian and Greek medical texts, it has been a source of irritation and disgust for thousands of years. Today, with a search on Google yielding 699 000 hits, the mostly harmless head louse has developed into an apparently fearsome pest. During the past 2000 years, a wide range of treatments for head louse infestation has been proposed. Not one has worked sufficiently for it to be regarded as a panacea. The comparison of effectiveness of comb and pediculicide, as reported in a paper in this week's BMJ, is certainly not new

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