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July 2004

A Romanist View of the Fish-Eating-Leprosy Theory

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Arch Dermatol. 2004;140(7):789. doi:10.1001/archderm.140.7.789



JULY, 1904.

NO. 7

The Messenger for March, 1904, a periodical of more than ordinary literary and polemic merit, editorially handles thetheory of Hutchinson and its application to the Catholic church. . . . The editorial chiefly takes issue with the statistics of Hutchinson adduced fromcountries under Catholic rules. In rebuttal the countries of South America and those of vegetarianism are instanced. The discussion published in theLondon Lancet is quoted and the negative result so far as the theory was concerned. In discussing Hutchinson's plea that theProtestant countries were free of leprosy because of the relegation of abstinences, the writer suggests that Continental countries, Catholic in practice, werealso exempt from the disease except in sporadic groups of cases. The article summarizes the idea that in trying to force a theory which has impressed himfor nearly a quarter of a century the protagonist, Dr Hutchinson, has appealed to the current of emotion in religious thought to open up another way.

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