Richard S. Vetter

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The Brown Recluse Spider

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“Unfortunately, there is something dramatic about spider bites in general and brown recluse bites in particular that causes them to be frequently diagnosed. In discussions with physicians, they readily admit that the diagnosis of “spider bite” is a safe determination because it can neither be proven nor disproven.”
Richard S Vetter, The Brown Recluse Spider

“It is important to remember that although brown recluse spider bites do happen and, in rare cases, can cause significant medical problems, millions of Americans in the Midwest are currently sharing their homes, although maybe not happily, with millions of recluse spiders without incident.”
Richard S Vetter, The Brown Recluse Spider

“Shifting Blame An article by Benoit and Suchard in Consultant in 2006 brought up an interesting point about why brown recluse spider bites and generic spider bites are so widely believed in by the general public: people have difficulty accepting that the root of an affliction of theirs is an internal cause that might be considered a weakness. This is even more difficult when it might be some lifestyle choice of the patient that possibly contributes to the problem. Sometimes skin wounds appear as a result of an intrinsic condition such as a virus or venereal disease. Perhaps a lifestyle choice is involved, such as a lip cancer lesion due to chewing tobacco. In such cases, it is comforting to consider that the affliction is not the fault of the sufferers. A spider “attacked” them while they were sleeping. Nothing they could have done would have prevented this accident.”
Richard S Vetter, The Brown Recluse Spider

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