down the hills and round the bends (norton_gale) wrote in little_details,
down the hills and round the bends

Medical treatment for pubic lice in 1910 New England

My protagonist, a gay undergraduate at a fictional college north of Boston, caught himself a case of crabs. He finds a doctor who will provide discreet treatment, but what sort of medicine does he get? Any particular brand? Would it be an ointment? What did it look like, feel like, smell like? These are all details which would be useful to me. I know about modern treatment, but I'd like to know how this was treated in early 20th century America. I did a basic Google search for "early 20th century treatment for pubic lice" but didn't get any useful information.

ETA: Thanks for your answers, everyone! What a great comm this is - you've given me a lot of food for thought and now I'm a lot more confident about making this scenario authentic.
Tags: 1910-1919, usa: health care and hospitals, usa: massachusetts, ~medicine: historical

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