Contagious Itch, Disgust and Empathy in a Family with Scabies and their Treating Medical Staff: An Exploratory Study

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  • Mia Sutter Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Basel, Petersgraben 4, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland
  • Marise Kamber Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Basel, Petersgraben 4, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland
  • Alexander Navarini Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Basel, Petersgraben 4, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland
  • Simon M. Mueller Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Basel, Petersgraben 4, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland

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https://doi.org/10.2340/actadv.v102.774

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Itching, Scabies, Disgust, Empathy, Physician-Patient Relations

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2022-11-21

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Sutter, M., Kamber, M., Navarini, A., & Mueller, S. M. (2022). Contagious Itch, Disgust and Empathy in a Family with Scabies and their Treating Medical Staff: An Exploratory Study. Acta Dermato-Venereologica, 102, adv00816. https://doi.org/10.2340/actadv.v102.774

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