Pre-Columbian leprosy

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American Medical Association, 1895 - 66 pages
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Page 31 - ... cases of syphilis where they have had contact with the whites. Today the Indian population of Yucatan seems to be a particularly healthy, vigorous race. I have seen cases of leprosy, but they were confined to the Creoles. Two of the principal families of Merida, the capital, are known to be leprous. Juan Peon Contreras, a member of said families, who generally intermarry among themselves, although very wealthy, was at one time director of the Yucatan Museum and a disgusting object to look at,...
Page 14 - Hindu coolies, and he aaks the question : where do they get the disease ? "We are told," says he, "that there are 250,000 lepers in India, and it is therefore hardly fair to suppose that all the Hindus who develop leprosy in Trinidad, become infected here. It is far more likely that in some or many of them, the disease is already incubating when they land here, though it may not be evident enough to ensure rejection after medical examination.
Page 32 - America being then frequent there can be no doubt that such contagious diseases as syphilis and leprosy were disseminated throughout the earth's inhabitants as they are to-day, and it seems to me impossible to determine where such a peculiar disease originated. We know that at one time syphilis was as common in America, as leprosy in East India, and it is most probable that the inhabitants of these countries interchanged compliments ; those of America introducing syphilis into Asia, those of Asia...
Page 31 - ... the walls of the public monuments in that ancient city, proves to me that in remote ages the inhabitants of Yucatan — in fact, of all Central America — had as close communication with those of all other civilized countries as they have today. They had close relations with India and Indo-China, where they introduced their civilization, as I show in my book, ' Queen Moo and the Egyptian Sphinx,' that will be given publicity in two or three months.
Page 15 - ... about this, and you are better able from your study of the subject to answer that question. Considering the large number of lepers in Colombia, the trade carried on with the United States, and the large number of Americans who are constantly coming here and returning to the United States...
Page 1 - Upon these jars the artists expended all their skill. The clay itself is very finely worked ; the designs are infinite in variety and imitate every form of animal and vegetable life. There are jars in the shape of bananas, gourds and melons; there are jars ornamented with human figures, climbing monkeys, pelicans, parrots, fish and serpents. Thefce is, moreover, a distinct tendency toward the comic and grotesque — many animals have exaggerated teeth, and birds have quaintlv elongated bills.
Page 1 - Scott's excavations among these monuments of the past, enabled him to make a collection of Peruvian antiquities, now in the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia.

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