Leprosy in India: A Report

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Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing, 1877 - Leprosy - 73 pages
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Page 58 - Of the fifty-two lepers married, eighteen had leprous wives or husbands, but as seventeen of these marriages were contracted between lepers in the Asylum, there remains only one case in which the possibility of contagion is to be considered ; and certainly this isolated instance cannot be regarded as affording any trustworthy evidence, as in an endemic area the possibility of the occasional occurrence of marriages between predisposed parties must always exist. The history of the Asylum furnishes...
Page 18 - ... nests, at a feast where honour is intended to be done to the guests. Unhatched ducks and chickens are a favorite dish. Nor do the early stages of putrefaction create any disgust ; rotten eggs are by no means condemned to perdition ; fish is the more acceptable when it has a strong fragrance and flavour to give more gusto to the rice.
Page 24 - ... accustomed only to the plain. I was myself surprised to see how dexterously our ponies picked their way over large rolling pebbles and broken fragments of rock, how firmly they planted their feet, and with how little distress they conquered some of the steepest ascents I ever climbed. The country as we advanced, became exceedingly beautiful and romantic. It reminded me most of Norway, but had the advantage of round-topped trees, instead of the unvaried spear-like outline of the pine. It would...
Page 18 - Putrescent fish, in some shape or other, is a characteristic article of diet among all these races, from the mountains of Sylhet to the isles of the Archipelago.
Page 71 - ... our Indian Empire, and which promises to be of the utmost value to science and to humanity. The present Report is confined mainly to the examination of the patients in the Asylum at Almorah in Kumaun, founded by General Sir Henry Ramsay more than thirty years ago, and supported by his generosity. " The history of the Asylum gives no support to the doctrine that leprosy is a contagions disease, but strong evidence to the contrary.
Page 67 - ... no signs of leprosy. The experiment is as yet imperfect, but it is capable of affording very valuable information if the future history of the children be carefully noted. They have been removed from the surroundings under which the disease manifested itself in their parents, have been well fed and carefully attended to, and their subsequent history cannot but throw light on the extent to which the influence of heredity can exert itself, or may be modified and kept in abeyance by ameliorated...
Page 30 - The aversion with which they are regarded, and the disgrace attaching to the occurrence of the disease in a family, are inducements to make outcasts of them, and the temptation to do so is increased by interested motives, as, by turning them adrift, their relatives are enabled to appropriate to their own use the share of the family property belonging to the sick.
Page 64 - In this country there is often such great disparity between the ages of men and their wives that, allowing the age for the manifestation of disease to be practically alike for both, the females have a much longer time previous to its advent in which to produce children than the males have.
Page 24 - Wales had not the hills and precipices been much higher, and the valleys, or rather dells, narrower and more savage. We could seldom, from the range on which the road ran, see to the bottom of any of them, and only heard the roar and rush of the river which we had left, and which the torrents which foamed across our path were hastening to join.
Page 30 - In striking proof of this is the rarity with which leprous beggars, in spite of the prevalence of the disease, are to be encountered in the neighbourhood of Almora, as well as the contented...

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