Leprosy in Premodern Medicine: A Malady of the Whole Body by Luke Demaitre

By Luke Demaitre

While premodern poets and preachers considered leprosy as a "disease of the soul," physicians within the interval understood it to be a "cancer of the complete body." during this leading edge research, clinical historian Luke Demaitre explores clinical and social views on leprosy at a time while really apt analysis might spare fit humans from social ostracization and support the get a license to beg.

Extending his inquiry from the 1st century to overdue within the eighteenth century, Demaitre attracts on translations of educational treatises and archival documents to light up the pro status, wisdom, and behavior of the practitioners who struggled to maneuver well known perceptions of leprosy past loathing and pity. He unearths that, whereas no longer resistant to social and cultural perceptions of the leprous as degenerate, and whereas motivated via their very own fears of contagion, premodern physicians moderated society's reactions to leprosy and have been devoted to the wellbeing and fitness in their patients.

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