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August 1957


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AMA Arch Derm. 1957;76(2):256-258. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550200100029

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To the Editor: Last summer I had the privilege of visiting the dermatologic centers of Colombia and Venezuela. At the invitation of the "Seguros Sociales de Colombia," I gave a two weeks' course in dermatology in Medellín and another in Cali, lectured in Bogotá, and, invited by the "Sociedad Venezolana de Dermatología y Venereología," lectured in Caracas. This afforded me an opportunity to obtain first-hand information of the dermatologic status of both countries, which I feel will be of interest to the readers of the A. M. A. Archives of Dermatology. In this letter, I shall report on the dermatologic status of Colombia.

Colombia, located at the northwestern corner of South America, has a population of 12,657,000 and a surface of 439,519 sq. mi. Three great arms of the Andes cross from north to south the western third of the country. Most of Colombia's population lives on the high plateaus and

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