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December 18, 1897

The Leprosy Question.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(25):1283. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440510045012

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New York, Dec. 6, 1897.

To the Editor of Janus, Amsterdam, Netherlands.  —Dr. Ehlers says (Janus, July and August) I attribute to him opinions which he never professed.Whether or not Dr. Ehlers stands for isolation was not the point at issue; it was, should isolation as a principle be promulgated by the Berlin Lepra-Conference? That was the important question. He stood an obstacle to our obtaining official delegates, claiming that governments had always neglected the holy name of hygiene, le saint nom de l'hygiène, in all countries and in all times. It was not, in his opinion, the way that leads to the goal to try to stir up the governments. It is a congress which takes place between known leprologists and not a congress of leprology. Our goal was not so much a congress of leprologists, which I have taken the liberty to call very frequently a congress

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