Much has been said recently in the newspapers regarding the case of the alleged leper, John R. Early, who was sequestered for some months at Washington and later appeared before a medical society in New York, where he was pronounced by a well-known physician to be not a victim of the disease. The question seems to be still unsettled, as a recent report states that Early has been declared leprous by a special committee of the New York Society of Medical Jurisprudence. The Washington health authorities still hold to their former view, while, according to some accounts, the government has accepted the opinion of the New York specialist and stopped the man's pension.
There is hardly any disease the suspicion of which can so induce popular panic as leprosy. The accepted opinion of its incurability, the historical and traditional reputation of the disorder and its repulsiveness have been sufficient to
THE CONTAGION AND TREATMENT OF LEPROSY. JAMA. 1910;LIV(5):378–379. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550310046004