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September 1939

PINTA IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS Report of First Case to Be Recognized

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1939;40(3):433-435. doi:10.1001/archderm.1939.01490030090014

In the winter of 1932 I made a survey of leprosy in St. Croix, Virgin Islands.1 Among the 83 patients in the hospital for lepers at Christiansted I found a fullblooded Negress (Christine W.) who presented a classic picture of pinta.

As she suffered from senile dementia, it was difficult to obtain a history of any value. She was born in Barbados and was admitted to the St. Croix Hospital for Leprosy in 1923. According to the records of the hospital, leprosy bacilli had been found once in a nasal smear soon after admission. At the time of my visit there was little to suggest leprosy except absence of the second toe of the left foot and some apparent atrophy of the toes of the right foot. She stated that "God removed the toe" on the left foot. There was no enlargement of the cutaneous nerves, no anesthesia and