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Jacinto Convit

Jacinto Convit García, Venezuelan leprologist (Caracas 11 September 1913 – Caracas 12 May 2014)
 
 
Internationally recognized as one of greatest leprologists of his day
 
Authored over 300 papers  
 
With P. Lapenta described anergic diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis or Convit disease (1946)

With F. Kerdell described diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis or leishmaniasis cutis diffusa (1948)
 

First to perform vitamin E local infiltrations on patients with leprosy (Convit method)

La Vitamina E. Las atrofias musculares de la mano por neuritis leprosa y el tratamiento de estas lesiones por el alfa-tocoferol. Rev. Sanid. As. Social 8:641-8, 1943
 
With M.E. Pinardi. A simple method for the differentiation of Mycobacterium leprae from other mycobacteria through routine staining technic. Int. J. Lepr. 40:130-2, 1972
 
Developed an immunotherapeutic vaccine for leprosy and leishmaniasis (1982)

Modified the Baker method for distinguishing Mycobacterium leprae and M. lepraemurium

With I. Campo-Aasen. Identification of the non-cultivable pathogenic mycobacteria M. leprae and M. lepraemurium. Int. J. Leprol. 36:166-70, 1968  

 
Eponym of Convit method for preparing a soluble skin test antigen and Convit soluble antigen
 
 

HONORS

Medicine & Physiology Nobel Prize nominee (1988)