Medical Arts and Sciences: A Scientific Journal of the College of Medical Evangelists


Bruce W. Halstead, M.D.

Raymond Ryckman

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Millipedes are probably among the least mentioned of the so-called "medically important arthropods." Perusal of a number of the more common texts dealing with the entomological aspects of medicine (Belding, 1942: 600, Craig and Faust, 1940:511, Herms, 1946: 539, Mackie, Hunter, and Worth, 1945:515) revealed the concept, which is commonly believed, that millipedes are not capable of producing injurious effects. A recent experience of the senior author and additional investigation by both writers have prompted the writing of this paper in an effort to broaden scientific thinking regarding the medical significance of this animal.