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From a museum dedicated to the rowdy escapades of the Vikings to an institution focused on the chilling history of leprosy, Norway is filled with museums devoted to different aspects of its unique history.
To prove his point, Kupfer studied reactions to images of leprosy, smallpox and measles, which show up as small bumps and clusters on the skin.
When Diana died, the world lost not only a beloved figure, but a dedicated philanthropist and humanitarian: among many other causes, Diana went against palace wishes to connect with HIV/AIDS patients and people with leprosy.
That’s fitting, perhaps, because Carville also was the home of the continental United States’ sole leprosy colony and sanitarium in the 1900s.
Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Ruth Pfau, who devoted much of her life to ending leprosy in the country.
In addition to the months of intravenous treatment, Mimi Sophia took an oral medication typically used to treat leprosy.
Luis Fernandez Alvarez (1853–1937) Physician Developed a better way to diagnose the macular form of leprosy.
Others translate auditory information into tactile sensation for the deaf or use sounds to supply missing haptic information for burn victims and leprosy patients.
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Origin and Etymology of leprosy
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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medical Definition of leprosy
- About 12 million people worldwide have leprosy, a disfiguring, chronic infection that damages nerves, skin, eyes, and mucous membranes.
- —Harvard Health Letter, February 1998
- The good news is that leprosy is relatively easy to diagnose and cure. It is caused by the microbe Mycobacterium leprae, which produces telltale symptoms of enlarged nerves and light-coloured patches of numb skin on a patient's face or extremities.
- —Bryn Nelson, New Scientist, 16 July 2005
- Leprosy is actually the least infectious of the major communicable diseases.
- —Sandra Dallas, Business Week, 1 Mar. 1999
- Leprosy … is progressive and causes the growth of widely distributed lumps on the skin and thickening of the skin and nerves. Severe cases are characterized by muscle weakness and paralysis.
- —Insight, 22 Dec. 1986
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