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January 7, 1899

Lepra Bacilli Found in the Brain.

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(1):40. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450280048015

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New York, Dec. 23, 1898.

To the Editor:  —Hansen said the brain is never affected by leprosy. Dr. C. Brutzer (St. Petersburg Med. Woch., Oct. 17 and 19, 1898, No. 42, p. 363), reports ten autopsies of lepers who had died in the leprosery of Riga, and in four of these cases there were adhesions between the dura mater and the brain; in three of these four cases of adherent meningitis, he found lepra bacilli au niveau de la glande pituitaire. Evidently Hanson is wrong in his opinion that "the brain is never affected by leprosy."

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