Study of a Case of Yaws, Contracted by an American Soldier in France

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  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The following is a brief history of a patient who was admitted to the Dermatological Service of Dr. Jay Frank Schamberg at the Philadelphia General Hospital. The history, skin lesions, and laboratory findings pointed to yaws. A diagnosis of this disease was made.

T. M., White. Age twenty.

Born and lived in this country until 1917, at which time he joined the Royal Canadian Army and was sent to France, remaining there until August, 1919. During almost all of this time he was stationed at Etappes as a member of the Royal Canadian Dragoons (a cavalry outfit). The members of this organization were composed only of Americans and Canadians. Etappes was a large base for cavalry and infantry troops. There were thousands of soldiers at this base—Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans (white men) New Foundlanders, Chinese (labor battalion). There were no soldiers from Algeria or India, indeed no men other than white men, except negroes from Canada and Australia.

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