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Criteria for the Discharge of Lepers
Dr. Nelson Souza Campos, in a communication to the Paulist Association of Medicine (Ann. paulist. de med. e cir., September 3) stated that the inspectors have conditionally discharged during July thirty-three leper patients as offering no more danger to the public health. It is the first time that this has happened in Brazil and the credit for it goes to São Paulo, which has the best and most complete organization to treat leprosy in this country.The criteria for the discharge of a leprous patient are as follows: The patient is carefully examined clinically, dermatologically and bacteriologically. He receives six months of treatment, after which he is again examined. If found negative, he is classified "under observation" and, during the subsequent six months, he is subjected to a monthly bacteriologic examination, after reactivation has been brought about with potassium iodide. If still negative, he
RIO DE JANEIRO. JAMA. 1933;101(23):1815–1816. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740480047022
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