This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...with greater rapidity since its advent than here, owing to an excess of those fertilizing materials ever constant among these people, consequent upon their superstitious adherence to their primitive customs, until it no longer can be said that this malady is not endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. It may be asked do persons afflicted with leprosy pyer recover? Yes, Notwithstanding the climatology and dietary of the people an improved hygiene coupled with an appropriate medication has proved successful in some cases. From the Norwegian hospital at Norgegaiird we have like testimony emanating from Dr. Danielsen, a gentleman whose scholarly and medical attainments are known to science. He mentions recoveries constantly occurring under the prolonged use of salicitate of soda in gramme doses with sufficient alcohol as the solvent, given three times daily. There is no specific remedy for leprosy, nor is there for any other disease to my knowledge. Do not think that the recoveries from this terrihle disease is due wholly to medication; it is not. Establish the most perfect hygiene possible, then direct the medical treatment when the disease is the result of propagation, and not of hereditary origin; in its early stages it is amenable to treatment. It is in these cases where we note the recoveries. Ketrenchment in expenditures is a fatal policy when dealing with a national scourge like leprosy. I will now invite your Excellency's attention briefly to the treatment pursued at this settlement. In December last, I received, at my request, a quantity of gargon oil from tin customs of the Government, which had been sent for use at this settlement, after having read carefully the reports concerning its great value in the treatment of this disease. I began to use...
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