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October 17, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(16):605. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410940033008

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The editor of the British Medical Journal, once in commenting on the life work of Father Damien of Molokai, quoted that sentiment of Emerson, which declares that " Nothing truly great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." The same sentiment is equally applicable to another, but comparatively unknown priest who has recently died in the service of a colony of forlorn lepers. Father John Bakker was truly a hero of the type of Damien, and like him contracted leprosy and died of it in consequence of his labors. Father Bakker's field was near Batavia, in Dutch Guinea or Surinam. He was a Redemptorist priest, a native of Amsterdam, Holland, about fifty-eight years of age. During the greater part of the last twenty years his life has been devoted to the care of lepers. The first signs of his malady appeared nine years ago, while he was living at a plantation called Livorno,

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