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To the Editor:
—I have before me the issue of The Journal for Nov. 15, 1919. In the second column on page 1547 appears: "Dr. H. R. Carter, Baltimore: There is good reason to believe that leprosy is rarely or never communicated to elderly persons. In taking care of lepers I would suggest that elderly nurses be employed, as the risk of such people contracting the disease is absolutely nil."The italics are mine. Probably most workers among lepers would agree with a general statement to the effect that elderly persons are less likely to become infected with the disease than are young persons. Perhaps the speaker only wished to make his idea stick in the minds of his hearers by making it overstrong; but I want to protest against the use of the words that I have italicized, as being likely to mislead our confrères in America.Having seen
Kinnear HN. LEPROSY IN THE AGED. JAMA. 1920;74(12):819-820. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620120045029