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March 5, 1932

The Principles of the Prophylaxis of Leprosy.

JAMA. 1932;98(10):843. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730360065045

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Prophylaxis of leprosy is not a problem that admits of solution by the application of any one measure but varies with geographic, economic, administrative, financial and social conditions. Treatment is an important part of prophylaxis, and the earlier this is instituted, the sooner the patient may become bacteriologically negative and clinically "cured." In countries where leprosy is prevalent, facilities should be available for clinics and dispensaries, scientific research and service for discharged lepers. There is a discussion of isolation and treatment and a plea for uniformity of terminology, records and technic of examination.

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