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Mr Jonathan Hutchison, one; of > the Society of Friends, has taken a great interest in the treatment of lepers, and he' has enunciated a theory that their disease is caused by a too exclusively fish diet. He points out that.; the places where leprosy is indigenous are either on theses coast or in proximity to r rivers or lakes. He considers the evidence, certain that the poison producing the disease gains access to the body in the form of food, and this must be .fish, including molluces, crustaceans, and all living denizens of water, both salt and fresh. It seems to him very probable that fish, caught in the warm waters of the tropics, are more dangerous than those from Arctic or temperate seas, and that all kinds of preserved, .or, salted fish, or fish in a.partial state of decompose-; tion are more risky than those which are fresh andsound. The j theory looks" like i one that has been evolved jfrom, the- inner consciousness of its author. rt He has jbeen answered by a Hindu, who says he knows" several persons in India belonging to the. Brahmin ca.stg, who are the subjects of t&e disease, and Brahmins as a class are pure . vegetarians,, .and'do'not,;eat fish. He •*■ positively declares that tliese lepers never . ate,fish in their lives. The s.tatements of < the, Hindu may be accepted^JjufJevi* dence, while those of the theorist are mere fancifes. No doubt particular kinds x of diet may'have k. predisposing influence, but the disease-isjinfec^qupy- and there is no need .to loot for any othpr cause! /They . disease does not,,spreacl where,the predisposing influences areabsent.; Itshould be .quite possible to stamp out,the disease wherever the Government, is disposed'to . undertake the task,', provided, of . that arrangements" are made. for lafletiatingfche miseries of those who must be sufferers aslong as "they live. • j . JF 'Z r

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LEPERS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2440, 13 June 1890

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LEPERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2440, 13 June 1890