This paper is being presented in two stages. The first paper will describe a series of observations under the microscope at relatively high power. The subject of observation is sample material received from an individual that displays the symptoms of what is now known as Morgellons disease. The Morgellons disease is characterized in part by the presence of a host of unusual skin conditions, commonly including persistent lesions and unusual fibers or filaments. The second paper will be commentary on the Morgellons issue from the perspective of this researcher; it will be presented separately at a later date.
The illness causes much pain and suffering. The acceptance of the illness by the formal medical community remains controversial, despite increasing and widespread evidence of its existence. This inquiry is prompted by the finding that despite several years of presumed research on the Morgellons issue, there apparently are no suitably magnified images of the filaments available to the public. Despite recent media attention to the issue, it also appears to be commonly claimed that there are not sufficient resources available to conduct suitable examinations. This presentation will seek to address this problem to the degree possible here.