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October 9, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(15):1211-1212. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.92680150001011

A study of 938 cases of leprosy has been made. The patients are all inmates of the leper colonies of Kwangju and Fusan. The facts presented below have been observed.

INCIDENCE  It has been estimated that there are from 5,000 to 20,000 lepers in Korea. Such a wide variance in the figures immediately indicates the difficulty of making an accurate census. It is easy for a leper to conceal his symptoms if he does not want to be discovered. Probably the only way of making an accurate estimate would be for a physician with leper assistants to journey through the country and treat the lepers as they find them.It has been observed that 4 per cent of the cases are in the father, 3 per cent in the mother, 0.029 per cent in the sister and 12 per cent in the brother. It is a common observation of