Leprosy came up in Dr. Beinlich’s book club today, and then I happened upon this Atlantic article on the subject, which was posted just an hour or so before our meeting. One aspect of the disease I find interesting is its very long history:
. . . its biblical and historic associations with sin and shunning die hard (quoth the King James Bible, “And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean”). Limited awareness of this sort can prevent full-fledged efforts to eradicate the disease from taking hold.
Photo: Arran Reeve, suffering from leprosy. Copperplate heliogravure by Pierre Arents [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.