August 7, 1897

Suppression and Prevention of Leprosy.

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By Alfred S. Ashmead, M.D., late foreign medical director Tokay Hospital, Japan. Paper. Illustrated, pp. 96. Norristown, Pa.: Herald Printing and Binding Rooms.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(6):295. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440320039016

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The author briefly considers the history of the microbe, the non curability of leprosy and the conditions predisposing to leprosy, going more into detail on the horrors of leprosy, necessity of absolute isolation and the idea of a national lazaretto. Touching on the relation of the church to leprosy, leprosy in Japan and the advantages of asepsis, he concludes that nothing " has been done for the leper through the discovery of the bacillus, or in any other way.... That consequently anybody who seriously, truly wishes for the abolition of the terrible disease, can hope for nothing else but isolation, and isolation absolutely alone."

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