Leprosy patients wanting to be reexamined, 1909.

NOW 171 LEPERS KNOCKING AT THE DOOR OF HOPE

There are 171 inmates of the Leper Settlement who desire reexamination to decide whether they are now afflicted with the disease.

They will be examined at Kalaupapa by Dr. W. J. Goodhue, the resident physician, and Dr. J. T. Wayson, a member of the Board of Health. These doctors are the people’s own choice.

How it came that there are 171 wishing to avail themselves of the chance to be discharged comes about this way: When President E. A. Mott-Smith of the Board of Health was writing directions to Superintendent J. D. McVeigh regarding the examination of the nineteen named in Senator Harvey’s resolution and six or eight others who became applicants later, it occurred to him to have the superintendent ascertain if there were any other wanting to undergo the tests. The result is the list of 171 including the nineteen whose reexamination the Legislature ordered.

As reported in this paper last week, the applicants then on the list, having been asked to name the physicians they wished to examine them, all but five chose Dr. Goodhue. The five wanted Dr. O’Day, but on account of departure he was unavoidable. Another choice was offered the whole number, when Drs. Goodhue and Wayson were elected.

It was originally intended to bring the applicants to Honolulu for examination at the Kalihi receiving station, but this was found impracticable owing to the lack of accommodation. Dr. Wayson will go to Molokai at an appointed time to conduct the examination with Dr. Goodhue.

(Hawaiian Star, 8/24/1909, p. 1)

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The Hawaiian Star, Volume XVII, Number 5426, Page 1. August 24, 1909.

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