To the Editor:—
In an article on leprosy in The Journal, Oct. 23, 1943, page 466, Dr. Chester N. Frazier lamented that less is known of the essential factors in the pathogenesis and transmission of leprosy than of the other great infectious diseases of mankind and questioned the position of Mycobacterium leprae as the cause of the disease.On Oct. 11, 1945 I was honored by a long visit from your Past President Dr. James E. Paullin (1943-1944) accompanied by Captain Craig of the U. S. Navy and Mayo Clinic, with a note of introduction from Lieut. Comdr. Herbert Alden (navy dermatologist, now practicing in Atlanta, Ga.). Commander Alden spent many days at the San Lazaro Hospital making clinical, pathologic and bacteriologic observations on lesions of contact children of leprous patients, of whom we have in segregation about 130 of both sexes and from 7 to 30 years of age.