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J Relig Health. 2017 Aug;56(4):1263-1281. doi: 10.1007/s10943-013-9817-8.

Nasal Myiasis in Hinduism and Contemporary Otorhinolaryngology.

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1
Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children's Hospital, Birmingham, AL, USA.
2
Division of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA.
3
Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1530 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL, 35209, USA. cgriessenauer@uabmc.edu.

Abstract

Various case reports on nasal myiasis written during the 1990s and 2000s state that nasal myiasis, which is known as peenash among South Asian natives, is a form of divine punishment in Hindu mythology, but do not provide citations from Hindu scriptures that would suggest this interpretation. This paper aims to discuss the phenomenon of peenash in a historical context by examining medical literature written during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to identify Hindu texts contributing to the belief of some Hindus that nasal myiasis is a form of divine punishment, and to provide an overview of contemporary treatment for and management of nasal myiasis.

KEYWORDS:

Hinduism; India; Myiasis; Peenash; Worms

PMID:
24385004
DOI:
10.1007/s10943-013-9817-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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