Medicine: Leprosy

In Newark, N. J., a public school teacher asked so simple a question that almost everyone knew the answer. But the woman, as she gazed down the row of small, lifted hands, forgot what she had asked, for she had caught sight of one small fist whose aspect caused her, inexplicably, to shudder. It was not dirtier than the others; it was not mis-hapen, and it was unmarked except for a few minutes bulging sores. Yet if gave her an indefinable and malign impression of deformity, of horror. She sent the boy attached to...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!