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plumacher3 - TBEKTINT OF LEPERS U. S. Consul Plumacher, of...
TBEKTINT OF LEPERS U. S. Consul Plumacher, of Maracaibo, Maracaibo, Tells of His Experience. SMALLPOX WORSE THAN Comment Caused by the Way George Raschid, the Syrian, Has Been in West Virginia and Other Places. Spirit of Dark Ages Prevails Toward This Disease--Lepers Starving. "Our people al home should be enlightened through the press that It Is cruel shun and abandon a poor, suffering, human creature because he is a Lazarus. Smallpox is much more contagious leprosy. I will cheerfully attend to antf class of 16pera, but smallpox mak^s me shudder. I would, if allowed the aclec- |.lon, rather storm a battery than go examine a smallpox patient." Thla statement of Eugene H. Plumacher, United States t! to Maracaibo, Venezuela, who has devoted his life to study the dread disease, 19 made in a repoit the Department of State. He declares leprosy is hereditary rather than contagious. contagious. His report comes in the nature of a rebuke to the authorities of a cities and to the public at large for treatment accorded George Raschid, who has been erroneously named RosseUU'the Syrian leper from Beirut, who is living the mountains near Elkine, AV. Va. So far as is known, nothmg la being done to get the stricken maa either-to Syria or to an Institution in t'hia country Where he may receive treatment. The dread with which he is regarded at klns is unabated. Has Treated Many Lepers. Dr. Plumacher was appointed to Maracaibo Maracaibo in 1S78. uhere. In Jointure with duties as consul, h© has constantly observed observed leper cases and their treatment, and has experimented in no small way. In this he has had the benefit of correspondence with tho most advanced scientists scientists of the United States and Europe, and It was through his efforts that the "t«a tua" plant, used in treating the e"ase. is now planted m all countries have leper stations. At tho- request of these scientiatsr Dr Plumacher took a large number of photographs of lepers, personally removing bandages of the afflicted in order that the beit results mlcrht be attained. It was prophesied that IIP would contract tho disease, hut this did not happen. was allowed to \ isit, secretly, many lepers In Mirocaibo, concealed by their families to a\oid thfir being sent In perpetual banishment to the Island. Using a secret medicine, which he obtained throtisrb 1i ^ C. Bothwell, now marshal of Ui£ Supremo Court of Porlo Rico, ptpeiimtTitPd "with it on these private CAM s Tho medicine was expenshe. but the hmrd of ^-rectors $f the leper colony dll-nvf-d him a «mall sum to prepare the moJSt'ne- ind ten lenprs were given iiJs spenal charge His reports po'nt out tl^at tl:^ treatment produced good results, but t i i a t l a k of proper food absolute cm P impossiole. Maracaibo Lepers Starving. ThouKh ho observed minute cafe to a\iMd anv dangei of contagion Dr. Plu- macher suffered a moat horrifying expe- rlfnc«* in attending one of his patients, boy at the leprosy institution, and a da\ s after 'he incjtlert small sores pparecl on his hands. After some months th*=te dried up. although discolored marks reni lined t rom fcls observations- of the ten ir Ms caie. Dr. Fhimacher concluded witnout plenty of nutritious food to build up the system of the afflicted, there -will ne\er be crooil results from the treatment of the lepers at Maracalbo. The poo*- crcaiu-es there are'fed mostly On cheap fish, as the board or directors of the leprosy institution hag not the means to procure better food. Many specific instances are- given by Dr. Plumacher of nH treatment of looers The- report gives statistics showing alarming number of lepers in the of Colombia and Venezuela.

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  1. The Washington Post,
  2. 14 Sep 1906, Fri,
  3. Page 6

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