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New York City, Sept. 6, 1897.
To the Editor:
—The report of Charles F. Roberts, M.D., Sanitary Superintendent of the Board of Health of New York, to the Hon. Chas. G. Wilson, President, regarding the question of the presence or absence of leprosy in the Chinese laundries of this city, contains statements not consistent with the knowledge of the present day. I have nothing to say about the presence of the disease in the Chinese laundries; I may, however, say I do not believe in its existence. So far he is correct. But I object to his statement that "the authorities of the present day entertain the belief that the disease is due to infection not contagion."I venture to affirm that all able authorities of the whole world, believe in contagiousness, and that it is as contagious in "the four hundred of New York" as in the slums of
Ashmead AS. Leprosy in Chinese Laundries.. JAMA. 1897;XXIX(12):603. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440380045012
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