The Fate of Offspring of Lepers
Dr. Lampe has collected facts at the hospital for lepers Groot Chatillon, in Dutch Guiana, in order to reply to the questions that are asked in every leprosarium in which marriage between patients is permitted. Are such marriages fruitful? In Groot Chatillon, the coefficient of fecundity of the women appears to be normal: 6.6. Are the offspring of such marriages healthy? In the establishment considered, the mortality of children under 1 year of age is 280 per thousand and in Paramaribo (Dutch Guiana) it is 170 per thousand. It is higher among the offspring of mothers presenting a positive Wassermann test. How many of such children become leprous? The children born at Groot Chatillon are sent elsewhere before they are 1 year old. Of those who could be followed up and who lived more than two years, 26 per cent were affected with leprosy.