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November 16, 1895

The Ohio Cases not Leprosy.

JAMA. 1895;XXV(20):872. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430460038010

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New York, Nov. 7,1895.

To the Editor:  —You published in the Journal, November 2, an article in which Dr. McDougal asks, after describing two cases, "is this leprosy?" In my opinion they are not lepers. I inclose you a letter I wrote to Dr. McDougal.

Dear Dr. McDougal:  —Thanks for your information about the supposed leper cases, and for your article which you were kind enough to send me. I have written my opinion to Dr. Morrow, who had sent me the photograph of the cases. I do not consider them lepers. Colles law, I think, proves them to be syphilitic. Certainly if they were lepers, the mother would have been infected too. Yours truly,

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