Leprosy care, 15th century

Leprosy care, 15th century

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Caption: Leprosy care. 15th century woodcut showing various aspects of caring for leprosy patients. Leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, is a disfiguring neurological disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae. In the 15th century it was incurable and lepers were often outcasts. Care in religious leper houses and hospitals centred on a person's spiritual needs as much as physical needs.

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