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January 27, 1900

CONTAGION IN LEPROSY AS OBSERVED IN SAN FRANCISCO.

Author Affiliations

Professor of Diseases of the Skin, University of California. SAN FRANCISCO, CAL.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(4):209-210. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610040019001e
Abstract

There are quite a number of lepers in San Francisco, many more than the eighteen or nineteen who are at present in the pest-house. The important question, however, before the city itself and before the United States is whether San Francisco and the Pacific Coast is merely a temporary abiding place for a few lepers who have come to it by accident, or whether this part of the United States is really becoming a leper focus where the disease may be contracted.

The difference between these two conditions is very great. London, Paris and Berlin, for instance, have always a number of lepers who have come to them either as returned officials or merchants who have acquired their disease in a leper country, such as Tonquin or India, or as patients seeking medical advice, but it is not considered that any of these cities constitute leper centers where leprosy is

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