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March 25, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(12):961-962. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500390045005

A bill recently passed by Congress provides that when the Territory of Hawaii shall have ceded to the United States in perpetuity a tract of land one mile square within the leper settlement on the Island of Molokai, a hospital station and laboratory of the U. S. Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service shall be established thereon for the study of the methods of transmission, cause and treatment of leprosy. It further authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to cause the erection on the site selected of suitable and necessary buildings, and that the surgeon general of the Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service, through his accredited agent, may receive patients afflicted with leprosy and committed to his care under the legal authorization of the Territory of Hawaii. These patients are not to exceed forty in number to be under treatment at any one time, and they shall remain under the jurisdiction