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March 1950

La infeccion leprosa en el niño

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;61(3):536. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530100180035

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In this monograph the author, a leprologist of international renown, presents his experience with the problem of leprosy in children. It is based on the study of 118 cases seen over a period of eighteen years. Of these 27.1 per cent were of the lepromatous type, 10.1 per cent of the uncharacteristic and 62.7 per cent of the tuberculoid. The book also includes epidemiologic studies of over 400 contacts.

The author emphasizes the fact that children are more susceptible to the disease than adults are and that the early lesions of leprosy in children often are nonspecific in character and are mistaken for common dermatoses such as tinea. These lesions may be fleeting and disappear without trace. The clinical study is divided according to the South American classification, in which the author himself is one of the pioneers.

The chapters on the public health aspects of leprosy and examination

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