International Leprosy Association -
History of Leprosy

  • International Leprosy Association -
    History of Leprosy


    Dr James Ross Innes

    Status Physician
    Country Australia


    James Ross Innes, MD, DTM (1903-1968), an Australian doctor, was Medical secretary of LEPRA from 1957 to 1966. He became a member of the International Leprosy Association in 1931 and honorary secretary-treasurer for 1957-1965. In 1934 he was elected a life Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and honorary member of the Indian Association of Leprologists. For ten years he served in East Africa as leprologist under the East African High Commission, where he advised on leprosy campaigns and published numerous articles on his epidemiological and therapeutic research. In Africa he assisted in setting up the Leprosy Research Center at Alupe in Kenya (later to be named after Dr. Lowe) with funds from BELRA. In 1957 he was appointed medical secretary of BELRA (now LEPRA) and became editor of Leprosy Review. He guided the medical policies of BELRA/LEPRA and was responsible for the implementation of the Medical Committee's proposals for the Leprosy Control and Eradication Project in Malawi.

    International Journal of Leprosy, Centennial Festskrift edition, Vol 41, No 2. 1973.

    There is a biography by SG Browne in the Int J Lepr Other Mycobact Dis.36.3 (1968): 356-8.


    Report of leprosy survey of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate. Suva, Fiji: Cockburn, 1938.
    "An Approach to the History of Leprosy", Ciba Symposium 7.3 (August 1959).

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