Medicine: Pinta

Some hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans are blotched with a skin disease called pinta. Heretofore U.S. doctors have assumed that the continental U.S. was mysteriously pinta-proof. But in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Eugene Paul Lie berthal gave the first U.S. pinta report — three cases in Chicago. He believes that in the South there are many more pintados, whose disease has been wrongly diagnosed.

Pinta does not hurt, does not make patients ill in the early stages, but: 1) it produces unsightly blotches; 2) patients...

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