Medicine: Bedbug Hunters

Socrates: Here, Strepsiades, bring me a bed.

Strepsiades: But I can't. The bedbugs won't let me.

-Aristophanes, Clouds

Athens is still so buggy that angry visitors with a learned background call it Koreopolis (bedbug city). The Balkans and the Near East are miserably infested. The populace is too ignorant or indolent to kill off the pests with insecticide.

Last week one who has been vexed by Athenian bedbug pricks, Dr. N. T. Lorando, chief physician of the Evangelismos Hospital and Near East Relief at Athens, published in Scientific Monthly a learned treatise on bedbugs and...

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