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January 19, 1918


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Newark, N. J.

JAMA. 1918;70(3):186. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600030050024

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To the Editor:  —There is at present a case of leprosy at Biloxi, Miss., which reemphasizes the facts and arguments presented to the Senate Committee on Public Health and National Quarantine in behalf of a plea for the establishment of a national leprosarium. The Senate committee promptly recommended the establishment of such an institution and an appropriation of $250,000. The bill received favorable congressional recommendation and was approved by the President, but no further action seems to have been taken with reference to this matter, which is one of urgent importance to the country at large.The leper at Biloxi was apprehended by the health officer of Harrison County, Dr. D. J. Williams, while at work in an oyster-opening and canning establishment. The disease was in a well advanced stage, leaving no question of doubt that the case must have been known locally for perhaps a year or more. The

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