HLTB21H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Leprosy, Borderline Personality Disorder, Mycobacterium Leprae

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The occurrence of leprosy has been recorded throughout history. Thought to be referred to in an egyptian papyrus document (1550 bc) In the records of ancient greece, after the army of alexander the great returned from india (320 bc) In rome (62 bc) with the return of pompeii"s troops from asia minor. Earlier thought to be a hereditary illness, or one that was caused by a curse or by punishment by god. Lepers were stigmatized and shunned from society. In europe - had to wear special clothing with a bell that would notify others of their impending arrival. Patients treated in separate hospitals and often had to live in colonies called leprosariums/ lazaretto/leper colony/lazar house. First leper house" in england 936 ad. Mid 12th century - loss of civic status, removal from public of ce. 13th century - 19,000 leprosaria" in use. Mass separation (set of rules, cannot enter church, cannot touch anything public)

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