Report Volume 5-10

Report Volume 5-10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... same provincial government), Siquijor, Oriental Negros, Occidental Negros, Palawan, and Cuyo have already been moved. One noteworthy fact was observed while the lepers were being collected from the islands mentioned above, viz, only about one-half of those who were previously reported as lepers were, on careful examination, found to be afflicted with the disease. If this same proportion should be maintained in the remaining islands the number of actual lepers would be much smaller than has been estimated and the solution of the leprosy problem would not be nearly so serious a matter as first appearances indicated. The question of the lepers contributing something toward their own support has received most careful attention, but on closer observation of this matter it has been ascertained that not much assistance in this direction can be expected. The disease soon produces such contractions of the limbs, destruction of tissues, losses of fingers and toes, nervous involvements which result in loss of muscular power, general debility, etc., that only a small proportion of them are capable of performing that amount of manual labor which would be required by the agricultural operations which would result in supplying food for themselves. While there arc many lighter occupations which a fair percentage are capable of engaging in, yet the things which they would produce would not be of a kind that would be of use to themselves, and the repugnance which the public has for things handled by lepers, even though rendered safe by sterilization, would preclude the possibility of selling them at a profit. Then again, so many of them are entirely bedfast, and the wounds and ulcers of others require so much attention, that a good proportion of the...
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 703g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236930258
  • 9781236930255