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May 11, 1895

PRE-COLUMBIAN LEPROSY.

Author Affiliations

LATE FOREIGN MEDICAL DIRECTOR, TOKIO HOSPITAL, JAPAN. NEW YORK.

JAMA. 1895;XXIV(19):721-723. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430190025003f
Abstract

Professor Putnam, of Peabody Museum, Cambridge, Mass., with whom I discussed this subject at some length, is not of opinion that a horror of leprosy in ancient Peru would stand in the way of the burial of leprous representations with their dead. "For," says he, "whatever custom has been transmitted from generations to generations is, in Peru, always kept up, whatever might have been the events and circumstances which might deprive the custom of all meaning. Even if they do not understand the meaning of a rite, they will perform it because their fathers did." Mummies are now found in that country, tied up in sacks, the false head sticking out, tied up separately, just as they were in the distant past. The custom was, and is still, to bury with the dead such objects as might indicate his condition of life, or any peculiarity belonging to him as an

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