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During the Pandemic, One Thing Didn't Change

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Doctor: "I didn't want it to be a rash decision."

Hypochondriac's Guide

Formication is the sensation of having insects crawling on or under the skin. The name comes from the Latin word "formica," which means ant.

It's a so-called tactile hallucination: You feel the physical sensation, but there is no physical cause. The sensation can lead to itching, which may be worse at night and can be severe enough to impact a person's quality of life.

Formication is part of a larger neurological phenomenon called paresthesia, which refers to a burning or prickling sensation that is usually felt in the hands, arms, legs or feet, but can also occur in other parts of the body. It's usually temporary, but chronic paresthesia may be a symptom of an underlying neurological disease or traumatic nerve damage.



"It's better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else." -- Former psychologist, TV personality and Oprah Winfrey's friend, Phil McGraw

Medical History

This week in 1848, the New England Female Medical College, the first institution in the U.S. to train women in medicine, had its first class of 12 students. Founded by Samuel Gregory, who disapproved of male doctors attending childbirth, the early curriculum focused on midwifery, but two years later, the curriculum expanded to all medical services. By 1873, the college had graduated 98 women doctors, including Rebecca Lee, MD, the first African American female physician. Shortly after Gregory's death, the college merged with Boston University School of Medicine, becoming one of the first co-ed medical colleges in the world.

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