In 1895 I presented to the Ohio State Medical Society1 two sisters, natives of Ohio, who manifested appearances of anesthetic leprosy.
In reporting the cases I maintained the view that the symptoms they presented accorded with the descriptions of leprosy that I had read, and would not harmonize with the phenomena of any other disease. Although this view of the cases has been called into question, nothing in opposition to it has thus far been advanced which satisfactorily convinces that it is erroneous. It is with the belief that you will aid in finding where in the list of diseases these cases properly belong that I review them here.
The mother states that in the one daughter, Hannah, the first indication of disease was a swelling in the front of each leg, which occurred in childhood, a short time, perhaps a few months, after she began to walk. The
McDOUGAL JG. SOME QUESTIONS RELATIVE TO THE DIAGNOSIS OF ANESTHETIC LEPROSY.. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(4):210-212. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610040020001f