W. H. O. Expert Committee on Leprosy, First Report

Technical Report Series No. 71. 28 pp., available also in French edition. W.H.O. Geneva, 1953. Distributed by Columbia University Press, International Documents Service, 2960 Broadway, New York 27, New York. Price $.20, 1/6, Fr. fr. 65., Sw. fr. 0.80

L. W. Hackett
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This report contains the collective views of an international group of experts on the epidemiology, control, treatment, classification and immunology of leprosy. The disadvantages of compulsory isolation are stressed and the superior effectiveness of sulfone treatment over all others in nontoxic doses is emphasized. The infectivity of open and closed cases and the basic principles of control are discussed. There are many problems still to be solved and this succinct report brings us up to date on the various aspects of a disease still of great importance in many parts of the world.