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April 9, 1898

Concerning the Norway Lepers.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(15):873. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440670061015

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Abstract

Paris, March 19, 1898.

To the Editor:  —In reply to Dr. Hansen's letter in the Journal of February 26, I would say that I got my information as to the number of lepers in Norway from a guide book (I believe Murray's), which I thought at the time was reliable, but which it seems was not.Now the information as to the other points in my letter, including the number of lepers that Dr. Hansen saw in America, and our profound ignorance, as a profession, of the whole subject of leprosy, I got from an attending physician in the Bergen hospital.Up to this time, I did not know that Dr. Hansen had ever been in the United States, or that he was the eminent authority on this subject that he is.I had before seen considerable of leprosy in the East, in its worst form, but it was only

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