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March 17, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(11):694. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460110054014

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A draft of an act for a national leper law has been submitted for approval to the various state boards of health. It provides first for a commissioner on leprosy, who shall be a leprosy specialist, a regularly educated physician of at least ten years' experience in the practice of medicine and with a particular experience in a leper community. He is to be appointed by the President, and the salary is to be $5000. He must annually meet the president of each state board of health, their traveling expenses to be paid out of the treasury. It also provides for the establishment of a national leper home in the Yellowstone Park, or some other interior portion of the public domain, to be under control of the United States Marine-Hospital Service, where lepers can be cared for at Government expense. It regulates the life of lepers outside under state or

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