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TEXAS NATURE OBSERVATIONS AND REMINISCENCES. 41
ease and have found nothing in
our medical literature which at all
resembles it. I have carefully
watched him, so that he could not
deceive me nor anyone else. Be-
sides, lie is too anxious to get well
for a malingerer."
The docto or and also his patient
have forwarded samples of the
material gathered from the sick
man's body for me to examine mi-
croscopically. After proper mount-
ing (in glycerine and dilute acetic
acid also, in Canada balsam) the
main ingredients seemed to be in-
dressed a letter to Dr. Fleming,
and received the following an-
"I assure you that every par-
ticle of the samples I sent you
came from his body. He never
has taken a. sand bath; he always
washes himself in hot water, as
it gives him more relief: I have
watched him closely for six
months and have tried every
known remedy without success.
The particles of sand-like material
or shells, or whatever it is, all
come from him, and are not put
; ; M-
1. THE C: 'rcTE N:IEO s PARASITE, IHighly :Iagnified.
2. LARVAL STATE OF THIS IPARASITE.
3. DO)(TS IN CIRCLE SHOWINGi NORMAL SIZE OF THE PARASITE.
4. (EOERAL API'EARANCE OF CUTANEOUS MATERIAL SENT FOR MICROSCOPIC EXAMINATION
organic and of a calcareous nature
(giving off carbonic acid on ap-
plying acetic or nitric acid) and
a major portion showed remnants
of cuticular tissue and detritus,
a nullber of oval bodies, which,
on pressuree under the cover glass,
produced a crackling noise. In a
number of these slides I noticed
several peculiar microscopic mites,
and in few instances larvae and
casts of these parasites. Being
somewhat suspicious, I again ad-
on him by washing or any appli-
cation. When I use vinegar on
him there will come out on his
body more sand or shells, and in
the morning his body contains
more than in the daytime, keeping
him awake through the night. I
have scraped regular barnacles
formed by the insects at night
from between his toes and creases
of the arms and elbows," etc.
After these statements I gave
the matter closer attention, espe-
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