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Storygram: Eric Boodman’s “Accidental Therapists”


Eric Boodman is a reporter at STAT. He won the Evert Clark/Seth Payne award for young science journalists in 2017 for this story, about delusional parasitosis, "a false belief of an infestation of insects, mites, or other creepy crawlies." This annotation was done by Brooke Borel. The Storygram series, in which professional writers annotate award-winning stories to illuminate what makes a great science story great, was a joint project of The Open Notebook and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. It was supported by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


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Eric Boodman

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March 22, 2017

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Brooke Borel