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July 13, 1935

Mother Marianne of Molokai

JAMA. 1935;105(2):144. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760280056034

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To one interested in leprosy, particularly the Hawaiian story, this book, published approximately 100 years after the birth of Barbara Kopp, retells the tragedy of the disease during the later days of the kingdom and of the early American acquisition, chronicling much of the same material as was recorded in "Damien of Molokai" and "The Samaritans of Molokai," introducing in greater detail, however, the third great ecclesiastical character, Mother Marianne. Mother Marianne Kopp, with six other Sisters of the order of St. Francis, landed in Honolulu Nov. 8, 1883, and almost immediately began the arduous duties of bodily and spiritual ministrations to the theretofore inadequately cared for lepers, beginning work first among those segregated near Honolulu. Five years later she proceeded with two Sisters to the large settlement at Molokai, where, until her death on Aug. 9, 1918, she devoted her life unstintingly to service among the lepers. The book,

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