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March 1940

PINTA IN CUBASPECIAL CLINICAL FEATURES OF THE CUBAN CASES AND DISCOVERY OF A SPIROCHETE IN ACTIVE LESIONS AND IN THE LYMPH GLANDS

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;41(3):463-479. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490090015002
Abstract

Although pinta is common in Mexico and Colombia, countries where it reaches endemic proportions, this peculiar dyschromic condition has likewise been observed for many years, but in a smaller proportion, in the tropical regions of the New World: Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Central America and the West Indies. The condition is called boussarolle in Haiti, guassarole in the Dominican Republic and piquete in Guadaloupe.

In Cuba, the largest and most populous island in the Caribbean Sea, with a high mean temperature, high humidity and heavy rainfall, all conditions which are considered to be favorable for the existence of pinta, there were no cases reported before the year 1929. I have reached this conclusion after a thorough and careful study of the Cuban medical literature and would add that I have been unable to find any description under another name of a condition which might correspond to the disease in question.

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