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November 30, 1895

Was It Leprosy?

JAMA. 1895;XXV(22):965. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430480043010

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Spokane, Washington, Nov. 22, 1895.

To the Editor:  —My experience with lepers would point to Dr. McDougal's cases as being undoubtedly leprosy.In the Sandwich Islands many cases can be found to disprove Dr. Ashmead's statement that "if they were lepers the mother would have been infected too,"Dr. Geo. L. Fitch, of San Francisco, who was for some years medical officer at Honolulu and by whose courtesy I saw some hundreds of cases of leprosy, asserted that all the leprosy in the Islands among the natives was "syphilis run riot in a virgin race," and defended his position so vigorously that the Government sent to Germany for Dr. Arnold to decide who was right. This was necessary as all lepers are sent to Molakai to the leper settlement from which place only death can relieve them.Dr. Arnold's decision was in keeping with the opinion of all the old-time

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