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December 22, 1928


JAMA. 1928;91(25):2009-2010. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700250073028

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Prevention of Leprosy The national congress has passed a law, drafted by Professor Aberastury, requiring the isolation and treatment of lepers. Professor Baliña has proved that there is a gradual increase in the disease and estimates that if proper measures are not taken there may be as many as 500 new cases a year. Several years ago a special committee urged a drive against disease, but until now such a procedure has not been possible, since every province has succeeded in preventing the establishment of leper colonies within its territory. The province of Corrientes, which has the greatest number of lepers, has been foremost in frustrating such attempts. It actually managed to stop the building of a large leprosarium on the island of Cerrito in the territory of Chaco, near the city of Corrientes. The national government, however, has finally ordered the building to be continued, and has now decided

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