The History and Mystery of Leprosy

Cory, David A.
December 2008
History Magazine;Dec2008/Jan2009, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p16
The article provides information on the history and mystery of leprosy. It states the elimination of the terms leprosy and leper, and the use of the term Hansen's disease which recognizes the contributions of Gerhard Armauer Hansen, who discovered that leprosy is caused by Mycobacterium leprae. It relates the spread of leprosy in China, India, Egypt and Europe. Improvements in the treatment of leprosy are also discussed.


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