Medicine: Leprosy Missionaries

People who have been solicited for money to support, treat and cure lepers last week received a worthwhile shock. Few have seen lepers. They have read about lepers in the Bible and medieval histories; they have heard doctors and missionaries tell of the silvery horror. But it has been easy to believe that science was curing leprosy, that money to fight the disease was not badly needed.

That is not so. A meeting of the American Mission to Lepers, at Manhattan last week, made the point very clear.

Four million lepers exist in the...

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