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To the Editor:—
In the interesting article, in the December number of your excellent Journal, on "Leprosy in New York City," by Drs. J. A. Fordyce and Fred Wise, the writers state that no case of contagion has been observed in the large city hospital with which one of the writers has been connected during the past thirty years, in spite of the fact that the patients have had open lesions, and have occupied beds in close proximity to other patients.The following cases, which I recently reported (Brit. M. J., Jan. 17, 1925), are of moment in this connection, and serve to emphasize the necessity of realizing that although the contagiousness of the disease is apparently slight, it is none the less imperative to guard against it.
A boy, aged 12, with nodular leprosy, was born in a southern county in Ireland, and was never out of