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1914 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
and there, before the public who were present, though keeping at a distance, the leper, conducted by the keeper of the leper house, escorted by his relations and friends and placed in front of the choir, heard the mass for the dead said for him. After this, stretched on a litter of ropes, he was covered with a shroud and carried to the cemetery, where a yawning grave had been dug for him. The priest threw earth on the head of the leper, after which he was taken to the leper house and admitted
more » ... ouse and admitted there in due form. "In towns where there was no large leper house the ritual was not so solemn. The leper was taken to his hut and then exhorted to live virtuously. The following written instructions were left with him :-" 'As long as you are ill, you will go into no house but your hut. You will not sleep out, you will not go into a mill, you will not look into a fountain or a well, and you will eat only by yourself. You will go into no dwelling, you will not go into a church. "When you speak to a person you will place yourself to leeward of him. You will sound your rattle when you ask for alms. You will not wander far from your dwelling unless you are clad in your leper's blouse which will be of uncolored coarse stuff, in order that you may be recognized. You will drink at no stream, but only at your own barrel with your dish. You will not get water at other wells or fountain than your own. You will not touch the rope of a well without gloves. You will not touch anything which you are buying until it is yours. You will wear your gloves and will touch nothing with the bare hand. You will not walk outside nor sleep at night outside your dwelling without the leave of your parish priest and of the official. You will not have connexion with any women other than your own wife. You will not touch children nor give them anything. I forbid you to eat and drink in company except with lepers.' "Then the priest blessed the furniture and the utensils of the leper,-barrel, funnel, dish, bedclothes, basin, pot. In front of the hut he planted a wooden cross with a box to receive the alms of the passers-by. The priest put in his own offering first, and the people followed his example. The leper henceforth was an outcast from the world. He was civilly dead ; he could neither make a contract, nor inherit, nor make a will. He could contract marriage only with a woman who was willing to marry him knowing him to be what he was. Lepers had the beard and the hair of the head shaved, and carried on the shoulder a red badge, a goose's foot or a hand. Some cultivated the garden of the leper house. Others went begging for the community. They nursed each other. Those who had means took a servant, who according to the regulations had to be of such an age that there was no chance of her conceiving." ASSISTANT SURGEON. Treasury Department. united states public health SERVICE. Hoard of commissioned medical ollicers will be convened to meet at
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