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September 1937


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1937;36(3):534-535. doi:10.1001/archderm.1937.01480030061005

In the painstaking census of mal del pinto in Mexico which appeared in 1934,1 mention was made of the possible existence of an unusual variety of the disease in Yucatan, which was characterized solely by vitiliginous patches. This suggestion apparently originated in a communication of Dr. Rodriguez Arjona2 to Dr. González Urueña, who conducted the census.

Being interested in pinta as a result of my studies in Mexico and Colombia, I made arrangements with the assistance of Dr. González Urueña to study the question of "white pinta'' in Yucatan. In Merida, Mexico, where my observations were made, I became acquainted with the leading physicians of Yucatan and was given every possible assistance by them. I observed numerous cases of the disease in question and learned the views of the Merida physicians on the subject.

As there was no clinic for persons with cutaneous diseases in Merida, patients with

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