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Lecture 3

Lecture 3 In-class Notes [Hansen's disease]

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Health Studies
Caroline Barakat

Lecture 3 - Hansens Disease (Leprosy) History - The occurrence of leprosy has been recorded throughout history - thought to be referred to in an Egyptian Papyrus document (1550 BC) - In Indian writings, approximately 600 BC - in the records of ancient Greece, after the army ofAlexander the Great returned from India (320 BC) - In Rome (62 BC) with the return of Pompeiis troops fromAsia Minor - Always been feared and misinterpreted - 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 - E.g. 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 lazarettoleper colonylazar house - First leper housein England 936AD - Mid 12th Century - loss of civic status, removal from public ofce - 13th Century - 19,000 leprosariain use - mass separation (set of rules, cannot enter church, cannot touch anything public.
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