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A synopsis of the history of Hansen's disease.
Wien Med Wochenschr. 2017 Oct; 167(Suppl 1):27-30.WM

Abstract

Leprosy is a contagious infectious disease caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae. This microorganism was discovered by Dr. Gerhard Hansen, and the illness was then baptized as Hansen's disease. For a long time, Hansen's disease was thought to be hereditary-a curse or a punishment from God. The disease affects skin and nerves and can cause severe damage. Due to its destructive effects, leprosy has caused fear, segregation, and prejudice in all societies since Biblical times. Patients with Hansen's disease have not been treated humanely around the world throughout the ages. This article is a summary of curious and interesting facts about the history and cultural aspects of Hansen's disease, which has chastised humanity for centuries. These facts are about the discovery of the disease, its propagation, the evolution of treatments, and the prejudice of society towards patients.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Dermatology, BWS Post graduation Institute, São Paulo, Brazil.Centro Studi per la Ricerca Multidisciplinare e Rigenerativa, Università Degli Studi "G. Marconi", Rome, Italy. k.franca@med.miami.edu. Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Institute for Bioethics & Health Policy, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine - Miami, Miami, FL, USA. k.franca@med.miami.edu.Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine - Miami, Miami, FL, USA.Department of Dermatology, Imam Muhammad ibn Saud | University (IMSIU), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Centro Studi per la Ricerca Multidisciplinare e Rigenerativa, Università Degli Studi "G. Marconi", Rome, Italy.Department of Nuclear Physics, Sub-nuclear and Radiation, G. Marconi University, Rome, Italy.University B.I.S. Group of Institutions, Punjab Technical University, Punjab, India.

Pub Type(s)

Biography
Historical Article
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

28801812

Citation

Couto Dal Secco, Raissa Gonçalves, et al. "A Synopsis of the History of Hansen's Disease." Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift (1946), vol. 167, no. Suppl 1, 2017, pp. 27-30.
Couto Dal Secco RG, França K, Castillo D, et al. A synopsis of the history of Hansen's disease. Wien Med Wochenschr. 2017;167(Suppl 1):27-30.
Couto Dal Secco, R. G., França, K., Castillo, D., AlHarbi, M., Lotti, T., Fioranelli, M., & Roccia, M. G. (2017). A synopsis of the history of Hansen's disease. Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift (1946), 167(Suppl 1), 27-30. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10354-017-0590-2
Couto Dal Secco RG, et al. A Synopsis of the History of Hansen's Disease. Wien Med Wochenschr. 2017;167(Suppl 1):27-30. PubMed PMID: 28801812.
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