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To the Editor:—
During the month of March, I had the opportunity to take a cruise in the West Indies and to visit twelve ports in the tropics. Although my trip was taken primarily for recreation, I made some inquiries about a few diseases which may be of interest to my dermatologic colleagues.On a cruise of this kind it would have been possible to see approximately 1,000 lepers, by making a special effort and by sacrificing some of the usual sight-seeing. The large number of patients (258) were in the leprosarium in La Guayra, the port of Caracas, Venezuela. Other special hospitals for lepers with their respective numbers of patients were as follows: Rincon, Cuba (near Havana), 189; Spanish Town, Jamaica, 120; Panama, 75; Trinidad (on an island about 15 miles from Port of Spain), 150; Barbados (near Bridgetown), 156, and Porto Rico, 50, making a total of 998.
Fox H. TROPICAL SKIN DISEASES IN THE WEST INDIES. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1927;16(1):53–54. doi:10.1001/archderm.1927.02380010066009
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