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A vivid picture of the extraordinary extent to which leprosy was identified with sin in ancient times and during the Middle Ages is painted in this scholarly work. The first 59 pages are devoted to "Medical Understandings of Leprosy," both for the reader and for the historian concerned with the growth of knowledge of the disease. Chapter 2 recounts the relation between "The Leper and Society." It is regrettable that Dr. Brody, either was unaware of the well-nigh universal acquiescence of physicians concerned with leprosy in the patients' view that "leper" is an unacceptably opprobrious term for a patient who
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The Disease of the Soul. Leprosy in Medieval Literature.. Ann Intern Med. 1974;81:720–721. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-5-720_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(5):720-721.
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