Daily Archives: 15/10/2014

Itching and Scabbiness

‘The Itch is a filthy Distemper infesting the External Parts of the Body universally, but more particularly the Joints, and between the Fingers’, wrote Thomas Spooner, author of a multi-edition treatise on the subject of ‘the itch’.1  Skin diseases and itchiness generally seem to be part and parcel of early modern life. Venereal diseases had …

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