Leprosy in Premodern Medicine: A Malady of the Whole Body

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While premodern poets and preachers viewed leprosy as a "disease of the soul," physicians in the period understood it to be a "cancer of the whole body." In this innovative study, medical historian Luke Demaitre explores medical and social perspectives on leprosy at a time when judicious diagnosis could spare healthy people from social ostracization and help the afflicted get a license to beg.

Leprosy in Premodern Medicine: A Malady of the Whole Body 2007, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore

ISBN-13: 9780801886133

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