Cutaneous leishmaniasis is of clinical interest to American dermatologists and now even to those in North America, because of the frequency of this infection in many areas of tropical and subtropical America, its appearance during the past war in military forces of the United States, and the occasional cases seen in large centers of dermatology in the United States. Moreover, cutaneous leishmaniasis has a number of important features for those who are concerned with immunobiology of the skin. Through efforts of Peña Chavarría and his associates in Costa Rica, and Latapí and Gutiérrez and Beltrán in Mexico and Pedro Weiss (1) especially, Loret de Mola and Arana in Peru, clinical material was made available. The author has had no personal clinical experience with cutaneous leishmaniasis in Venezuela or with the vast amount of material and with the extensive investigative work in Brazil.
From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology of the College of Medicine of the University of Cincinnati.