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July 3, 1897

THE TRANSMISSION OF LEPROSY.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(1):38-39. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440270044006

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Abstract

The transmission of leprosy is a question that has long been an open one and in late years, notwithstanding the discovery of its germ in Hansen's bacillus, there has been more or less conflict of opinion as to the dangers of contact and infection and also as to its possible hereditary transmission. As to its contagiousness there is at present little doubt; the experience of countries where it has been introduced is evidence enough of this fact; under favorable conditions, as yet imperfectly known, it must be almost malignantly contagious. A couple of Chinese lepers introduced into the Sandwich Islands less than forty years ago have infected at the present day twelve per cent. of the native population; a brief visit to the tropics has been known to be followed by leprosy without any actual consciousness of exposure, and other still more striking examples are on record. On the other

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