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Pediculus Corporis

Date: 1910 | Identifier: LL02.49.00.62
Dermatologic stereoview card. Front of card shows the back of a man's upper torso that is infested with body lice. The reverse of the card describes the dermatologic conditions as well as the diagnosis and treatment. The body louse, Pediculus corporis, closely resembles Pediculus capitis in its development and in appearance, but is considerably larger being from two to four millimeters long. It inhabits the under-clothes and lays its eggs in the seams and creases and sometimes in the meshes of a coarsely woven garment. The body louse goes onto the skin only for the purpose of feeding, and the lesions produced by the insect are to be found in greatest number in those regions which are most constantly in intimate contact with the clothing, i.e., as a rule, upon the neck and shoulders, about the waist and on the sacrum, buttocks and upper parts of the thighs. Pediculosis Corporis may also be known as Pediculosis vestimenti seu vestimentorum, Phthiriasis capitis, Vagabond’s disease, or Body-lousiness. more...