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Hands disfigured by leprosy. Hands of a man with leprosy that has progressed to the point where he cannot straighten the fingers of his left hand. Leprosy is a neurological disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae. The damage to the nerves leads to disfiguring skin lesions and deformities. This photograph is from the papers of US physician Victor George Heiser (1873-1972). Heiser spent much of his life trying to prevent disease instead of just treating it. However, he was appalled by the way lepers were treated and frustrated by the failure to find a way to prevent and treat leprosy.
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