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July 27, 1940

Historia da lepra em S. Paulo

JAMA. 1940;115(4):324. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810300064029

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The history of leprosy in Brazil may roughly be divided into several chapters. One of the most important is that concerning one of the principal geographic and political divisions of the country: the state of São Paulo. Of the ten chapters in this interesting work, the first two deal with the origin and introduction of leprosy in Brazil and the spread of the disease in Brazilian territory, especially in the state of Sao Paulo itself, as far back as the eighteenth century and probably long before, with the arrival of Portuguese settlers and especially African slaves. The third is a history of the official action undertaken by various administrations, with the work of the present government being treated in the two final chapters (ix and x). A deserved tribute is here paid to such pioneers as Magalhães, Ribas and Lindenberg, who realized the importance of this question when few indeed

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