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February 6, 1897

Leprosy and the Charity of the Church.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(6):282. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440060042018

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This little book is a compilation of facts, showing the heroic work of charity accomplished by the sons and daughters of the Holy Church who are engaged in the care of lepers in various parts of the world, from Canada to the islands of the Pacific, and from Iceland to the regions of India.

The reverend author mentions the cases reported by Dr. McDougal in this Journal, Feb. 3,1895, and quotes the opinion of Dr. A. W. Hitt of Louisville that the cases were genuine leprosy. He sounds a note of warning about the increase of leprosy in this country, and makes some practical suggestions regarding the exclusion of persons affected with this disease.

The editor of this Journal, Dr. Hamilton, when supervising Surgeon-General, issued a circular which was approved by the President of the United States, which forbade the entry of any vessel into any port of the United

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