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June 30, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(26):1673. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460260017006

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Now that leprosy specialists and dermatologists are pointing out the risks of the introduction of leprosy into this country with our enlarged political and commercial relations, it is well to note any encouraging facts. It is well known that Scandinavian leprosy does not flourish in Minnesota, and we now have the testimony of Dr. Wingate, of the Wisconsin State Board of Health, that it is most decidedly on the wane in that State also. From an investigation recently made by him he finds, as reported in the Milwaukee Journal, only two cases existing within its boundaries, whereas formerly there were thirty. Leprosy is a disease dependent upon conditions all of which are not yet thoroughly explained, but its germ appears in our climate to find little suitable soil in the native-born population, at least up to date. What may be in the future is not certain, but the outlook can

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