Volume s1-5, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Definition of the present situation as regards the prevalence of leprosy in the Philippine Islands involves, as in other countries where the disease is prevalent, a considerable amount of deductive reasoning which cannot be based on known or accurate data. While the actual number of segregated lepers is, of course, known, the number of those not under such control is difficult to discover because the infected individuals either escape detection altogether or their early lesions have not been recognized as those of leprosy.

The compulsory segregation of lepers in the Philippines dates from 1906 when the Leper Colony at Culion was established. The history and development of the colony have been described in an excellent article recently published by H. W. Wade, the chief pathologist—a most active and competent man, connected with the colony since the inauguration of the recent effort at intensive treatment.


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