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July 26, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(4):203. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480300027008

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The Hawaiian Board of Health proposes, it is said, to experiment with the x-ray and the light cure in leprosy. The good effects in the treatment of the superficial lesions of tuberculosis and the malignant skin diseases are certainly suggestive of possible benefit from this agency. Leprosy as a bacterial disease has some special peculiarities that would indicate a possible utility of the method; it is mainly confined in its manifestations to the parts of the body that can be reached and its microbe, judging from its apparent feeble contagiousness, is not in all respects resistant to hostile influences. It has indeed been reported to be effective to a certain extent. Sequeira has observed some action on the lesions of tubercular leprosy, but the experience in this particular direction seems to be thus far limited. The facilities for x-ray therapeutics and opportunities for any extensive clinical experiments with

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