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December 16, 1944


JAMA. 1944;126(16):1030-1031. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850510038010

The discovery in Cuba in 1938 of the spirochetal etiology of Pinto's disease gave a new impetus to the study of the disease itself and also to that of yaws and syphilis. Within the last five years numerous reports have appeared concerning the occurrence of pinta in several countries in the American continent in which the condition had not been previously observed. With the publications of Fonso Gandolfo and his co-workers1 in Argentina and the article of Lieberthal 2 in this country it would seem that the disease is prevalent in practically the whole American hemisphere. True only 3 patients have been studied by Lieberthal in Chicago, but, since 2 of them came from southern states near the heavily infected Mexico, it is highly probable that more cases will be diagnosed in the future. Although comprehensive reviews have already been published in English,2 one must read the numerous

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