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June 1947

NERVE LESIONS OF LEPROSY

Author Affiliations

HABANA, CUBA

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology of the University of Habana Medical School and the Hospital "Calixto Garcia," V. Pardo-Castello, M.D., director.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;55(6):783-792. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520060045005
Abstract

THIS paper deals with the pathologic and bacteriologic aspects of leprosy as it affects the peripheral nerves.

In a paper read by us1 before the Section on Dermatology and Syphilology at the Ninety-Third Annual Session of the American Medical Association, June 10, 1942, we presented the arguments in favor of the pathologic classification of the forms of leprosy introduced by the South American dermatologists. This insists on the presence of nerve lesions in almost every case of leprosy, regardless of the clinical type, and on the importance of distinguishing the lepromatous from the tuberculoid type of this disease, especially from the public health and epidemiologic points of view. At that time we had studied the pathologic changes of the cutaneous lesions in a large number of cases of leprosy and found them in general accord with the South American classification into lepromatous, tuberculoid and nonspecific types. We also remarked

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