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Leprosy in premodern medicine : a malady of the whole body

Author: Luke E Demaitre
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2007.
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While premodern poets and preachers viewed leprosy as a "disease of the soul," physicians in the period understood it to be a "cancer of the whole body." In this innovative study, medical historian Luke Demaitre explores medical and social perspectives on leprosy at a time when judicious diagnosis could spare healthy people from social ostracization and help the afflicted get a license to beg.
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Demaitre, Luke E., 1935-
Leprosy in premodern medicine.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2007
(DLC) 2006026074
(OCoLC)70921424
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Luke E Demaitre
ISBN: 9781435692695 1435692691 9780801891977 0801891973
OCLC Number: 299754569
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 323 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The sources: texts and contexts --
Iudicium leprosorum: medical judgment --
The many labels of leprosy --
Definitions and explanations --
"Une maladie contagieuse et hereditaire" --
Causes, categories, and correlations --
Diagnosis: signs and symptoms --
Prognosis, prevention, and treatment.
Responsibility: Luke Demaitre.
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