History of Leprosy in the United States

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  • United States Public Health Service

It is an honor and a privilege to have been invited to present this subject at a meeting honoring Colonel Craig; it is especially agreeable to me to participate actively because there has been a long-standing personal friendship between Colonel Craig and myself which began when we were both very young officers in our respective Federal Services—he on duty at the Lettermann General Hospital in San Francisco and I at the United States Marine Hospital in the same city. I remember especially well the interest he already had in differentiating the diarrheal diseases that came into the military hospital from the Philippine Expedition and how generous he was in sharing his information with me.

Dictionary definitions of history are: “A systematic record of past events, especially the record of events in which man has taken part”; “Past events in general, considered as accomplished facts, or as material for record.”