Mad Scientist: The Unique Case of a Published Delusion

  title={Mad Scientist: The Unique Case of a Published Delusion},
  author={Matan Shelomi},
  journal={Science and Engineering Ethics},
  • M. Shelomi
  • Published 1 June 2013
  • Medicine
  • Science and Engineering Ethics
In 1951, entomologist Jay Traver published in the Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington her personal experiences with a mite infestation of her scalp that resisted all treatment and was undetectable to anyone other than herself. Traver is recognized as having suffered from Delusory Parasitosis: her paper shows her to be a textbook case of the condition. The Traver paper is unique in the scientific literature in that its conclusions may be based on data that was unconsciously… 
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