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August 16, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(7):255. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410330023005

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The recent recognition in New York of a case of leprosy in a young Spanish-American, pursuing his studies in that city for about a year, was the occasion of a most remarkable example of officialism on the part of the Board of Health of that city. With no consideration of the facts that there were no objections to the boy residing with his family, and that their pecuniary circumstances were such as to permit the employment of excellent physicians, the unfortunate patient was forcibly removed to a quarantine hospital, isolated, and considerable newspaper notoriety given the case. It might have been supposed that the experience of this Board in the case of suspected yellow fever in the late Richard Proctor, wherein his forcible removal from his hotel, in rainy weather, dissipated any chance of recovery, would have taught the lesson of festina lentè. Not that any fatal result will possibly

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