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November 7, 1903


Author Affiliations

Professor on Diseases of the Skin, New Orleans Polyclinic; Editor, New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal; Collaborator, Lepra Bibliotheca Internationalis; Honorary Consulting Leprologist to the Louisiana Leper Home. NEW ORLEANS.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(19):1129-1132. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490380005001a

SOME ANCIENT METHODS.  Almost the first knowledge of leprosy carried with it methods for its control. No doubt many diseases were called lepra which did not deserve the name.The Hebrews, Arabs, Greeks and Egyptians recognized the disease and named it. With each of these peoples treatment was made subservient, while the sanitary measures were often radical.The Bible (Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) quite extensively refers to the lepers among the Hebrews. So true is this that the popular conception of leprosy to-day has been derived from the scriptural relation of it. "And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip and shall cry 'Unclean, Unclean.' All the days wherein the plague shall be in him, he shall be defiled; he is unclean. He shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his

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