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October 29, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(18):1314. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500180044012

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In his latest report, the Surgeon General of the Army gives an account of favorable results obtained in the case of a soldier who had contracted leprosy, and expresses a hope, if not a belief, that this disorder may become amenable to medical treatment. With the means afforded by modern science, especially the mysterious x-ray and other similar agencies, there does seem room for hope that some forms at least of the disorder may yet succumb to medical science. There is no reason to suppose that the leprosy bacillus, which has apparently so little vitality outside the human organism, is absolutely resistant to all medical treatment within the bodies of its victims. At least, we may hope to abate some of its symptoms and rob the disorder of some of its most repulsive features. Dr. O'Reilly's report gives us additional evidence to that received from other sources of the possibility

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