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November 13, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(20):1021-1022. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440460041005

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The recent International Conference on Leprosy at Berlin does not, so far as reports have been obtained, appear to have developed anything specially sensational, either in its discussions or its findings or resolutions, as perhaps might have been expected to be the case. The conclusions as to the hopelessness of treatment, the recognition of Hansen's bacillus as the cause of the disorder and its non-hereditary character are not startling in any sense; the temperately expressed opinions as to the spread of the disease and the necessity of isolation that seem to have been offered are also in the same line of moderation, and the further rejection of the proposition to establish a permanent international commission on leprosy may also probably be accepted as another indication of the same non-alarmist tendency. There was evidently a considerable degree of individual difference of opinion on certain points, but the general tone of the

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