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Taking the Tick Out

Walter C. Alvarez, MD
JAMA. 1965;191(7):604-605. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080070088032.
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To the Editor:—  In the Sept 14, 1964, issue (QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, JAMA189:876) you had a question about the removal of a tick from the ear. Years ago, I practiced in ranch country, and every so often someone who slept with dogs would come into the office with a tick in his ear. I found that the best way of getting it out was to put a drop of chloroform on it. Then the tick either backed right out or it let go, and then could be lifted out with ease.Similarly, I would occasionally see an epileptic boy who, after falling down, would lie unconscious for awhile. A fly would get into his nose and soon he would be in a terrible situation with dozens of screw-like maggots eating into the tissues of his nose. Again I found it easy to lift the maggots out after putting

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