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October 1942


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1942;46(4):552-553. doi:10.1001/archderm.1942.01500160086010

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On a visit to Bergen, Norway, in 1903, I had the honor of meeting Dr. Armauer Hansen, who showed me a patient who had suffered from leprosy for forty years. He seemed rather proud of the long duration of the disease in this patient. In January 1931 I visited the Leper Home in Spanish Town, Jamaica, British West Indies, for the purpose of obtaining photographs of patients with the neural type of leprosy. To my surprise, I saw an inmate (a woman) who had suffered from leprosy for fifty-one years. In August 1941 she was still living and comparatively well. As the patient had been admitted to the Leper Home on March 1, 1881, there was no doubt about her having had leprosy for at least sixty years. The records of the institution stated that before admission she had shown signs of leprosy for "one year plus," and therefore in

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