Willem van den Bossche, Historia medica
Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

Feeling ‘Louzy’

Many people, myself included, have an aversion to the sensation of things crawling over our skin, whether it be insects, arachnids, or other creepy crawlies. In the early modern period it would seem that people were much more accustomed to having their bodies invaded by visitors, but, like us, found these unwanted guests most disturbing.…