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Leprosy is a disease to which the average American physician gives but little thought or study; he is accustomed to regard it as a foreign malady, of interest to him only as a curiosity. This is a mistake; leprosy has existed for many years in various parts of the United States, but the only recognition it has thus far received has for the most part been by dermatologists in the centers of population.
The ordinary general practitioner, "the backbone of the profession," and to whom this paper is presented, is the man on whom rests the responsibility of keeping in mind the general features of the disease, and the possibility of some day encountering a case when least expected, as it is essentially a constitutional disease as much as is tuberculosis, and comes as fairly within his own domain.
With us in Hawaii the disease is on the decline; thus
McDONALD JT. A DIAGNOSTIC EXAMINATION OF ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY CASES OF LEPROSY.. JAMA. 1903;XL(23):1567-1569. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490230017002f