Leprosy Mailing List – October 29, 2013
Ref.: (LML) Judith Bell-Krotowski
From: David M. Scollard, National Hansen’s Disease Programs, USA
Marcos Virmond, ILA, ILSL Bauru, Brzail
Wim van Brakel, NLR Technical Advisor, The Netherlands
Dear Dr. Schreuder,
On behalf of the National Hansen’s Disease Programs (USA) I would like to thank everyone who has written to the LML to share their condolences and memories of Judy Bell-Krotowski. She was a wonderfully warm-hearted person who made major contributions to the field of sensory testing in leprosy, and to the lives of many thousands of people affected by this disease. We will miss her greatly. Your thoughts at this time are greatly appreciated.
David M. Scollard
National Hansen’s Disease Programs
Baton Rouge, LA, USA
With the passing of Judith it is time to acknowledge that the introduction of the nylon filaments, together with MDT, was a paramount feature of the modern approach to leprosy services. Judith Bell-Krotoski and her followers have a notable participation in this new era for leprosy.
ILSL, Bauru, São Paulo, Brazil
I addition to what Linda Lehman and Rob Jersky have already said, I would also like to acknowledge that I am much indebted to Judy Bell-Krotoski. It was Judy who introduced me to monofilament testing when she visited the INF Green Pastures Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre in Pokhara, Nepal. I relied on her research to a significant extent in the research I did for my own PhD. She was a lovely woman, a great scientist and a very effective motivator!
With best wishes,
Wim van Brakel
NLR Technical Advisor
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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