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September 5, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(10):381-382. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410880029010

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Although the profession may not be in entire accord as to the practical contagiousness of leprosy, there can be little question of the propriety of the action of the health authorities in isolating in a hospital tent on North Brothers Island the two Chinese lepers recently discovered in this city. What the final disposition of the patients may be is as yet somewhat uncertain, but it seems probable that they will eventually be returned to their native country. One of them is said to be possessed of ample means, and the United States Government may perhaps provide for the return of the other.

The action referred to was taken in accordance with the suggestions made in a special report upon the subject presented by Dr. Cyrus Edson, Chief of the Bureau of Contagious Disease. In this report Dr. Edson refers to the fact that numerous competent

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