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July 21, 1900

Scandinavian Leprosy.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(3):175. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460290045025

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New York City, July 2, 1900.

To the Editor:  —Referring to your encouraging remarks on "Leprosy in Wisconsin," which appeared in The Journal of June 30, will you permit me to say that no one disputes the proposition that if time enough be given, leprosy will eradicate itself by death of the patient. Hansen said in the Berlin Leper Conference: "Wait fifteen years and your German lepers of Memel will be dead." But why did it require so much longer to eradicate leprosy from his own country? Because his isolation there was two-thirds in families and but one-third in hospitals. Had he instituted perfect isolation, perhaps his fifteen years' limit would have been sufficient.You state that Dr. Wingate said that the germ of the disease appears in his climate to find little suitable soil in the nativeborn population, at least up to date, etc. Let me inform you —perhaps

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