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January 5, 1901

Origin of Leprosy in Hawaii.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(1):46. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470010050015

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Koloa, Kauai, H. I., Dec. 15., 1900.

To the Editor:  —In your issue of November 17 last you say editorially in regard to the origin of leprosy in Hawaii, its protection by the chiefs, etc.:"The missionary physicians soon learned to recognize it, and one of them, Dr. Dwight Baldwin, it is said, made a report of it, stating the facts of its origin.... So long as the Hawaiian monarchy existed, segregation of lepers, though legally demanded, was very imperfectly carried out, owing, it is said, to the interference in high places.... The isolation law is an unpopular one with the natives.... These data were obtained from the Honolulu Commercial Advertiser, whose authority for the main facts is the Rev. Sereno Bishop.... We hare not seen this bit of medical history narrated elsewhere."In my article on leprosy, which appeared in the New York Medical Record of Jan. 27. 1900,

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