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August 1977

Immunotherapy of Leprosy

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(8):1129. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640080131031

To the Editor.—  In reading the minutes1 of the Society Transactions in the August 1976 issue of the Archives, the reader is left suspended in one of the discussions on the immunotherapy of leprosy. The minutes alluded to some leprosy research by a "Korean physician" in an obscure manner that invites inquiry.In 1972, Lim et al2 reported that repeated whole WBC transfusions given over approximately a three-month period substantially cleared patients with either lepromatous or tuberculoid leprosy. The clinical, bacteriologie, and histologie data all became normal soon after the end of the immunotherapy and remained normal. These results were recently confirmed in a communication3 that also reiterates the previous failure of the use of transfer factor.4

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