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October 19, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(16):1041-1042. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470420029007

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The Molokai leper settlement, according to reports, is decreasing in population. Five years ago there were 1300 lepers, while now there are barely 900. The general cleaning out of the lepers from the other islands and their transference to Molokai since the downfall of the Hawaiian monarchy, has affected the source; there are fewer cases of the disease among the general population, and, therefore, less chance of its spread. Last year an even hundred lepers were sent to the settlment; thus far in the present year not much over 50 have been found to recruit its waning membership. Since annexation still stricter rules have been adopted and it seems probable that we may soon see this famous aggregation of this most loathsome disease become insignificant as compared with its past. There is a chance for another to take its place, however, in the Philippines where the lepers, it is

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