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November 22, 1952


JAMA. 1952;150(12):1237. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680120073019

Bartonellosis.  —Dr. Luis Patiño Camargo, professor of clinical medicine on tropical diseases, in the Faculty of Medicine of the National University, wrote an article on "Verrucose Fever of Guaitara in Colombia," which was published in the Revista de la Facultad de Medicina of Bogota in June, 1952. Verrucose fever of Guaitara, which is a form of bartonellosis, Carrion's disease, or Peruvian wart, was discovered in 1939 by Patiño Camargo, who made a clinical diagnosis in patients with fever and warts in the Sandoná Hospital. Sandoná is a town in the south of Colombia. The diagnosis was confirmed by the finding of Bartonella in the blood of a patient who was in the early febrile stage of the infection. Since 1936, the disease, in an epidemic form and with a high mortality, has disturbed the medical profession and the public. The disease had apparently passed unobserved for many years in the

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