The Resource A disease apart : leprosy in the modern world, Tony Gould

A disease apart : leprosy in the modern world, Tony Gould

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A disease apart : leprosy in the modern world
Title
A disease apart
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leprosy in the modern world
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Tony Gould
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eng
Summary
  • This fascinating cultural and medical history of leprosy enriches our understanding of a still-feared biblical disease. It is a condition shrouded for centuries in mystery, legend, and religious fanaticism. Societies the world over have vilified its sufferers: by the sheer accident of mycobacterial infection, they have been condemned to exile and imprisonmenti̮llness itself considered evidence ofmoral taint. Over the last 200 years, the story of leprosy has witnessed dramatic reversals in terms of both scientific theory and public opinion. Tony Gould traces the history of this compelling period through the lives of individual men and women: intrepid doctors, researchers, and missionaries, and a vast spectrum of patients
  • We meet such pioneers of treatment as the Norwegian microbe hunter, Armauer Hansen. Though Hansen discovered the leprosy bacillus in l873, the 'heredity vs. contagion' debate raged on for decades. Meanwhile, across the world, Belgian Catholic missionary Father Damien became an international celebrity tending to his stricken flock at the Hawaiian settlement of Molokai. He contracted the disease himself. To the British, leprosy posed an "imperial danger" to their sprawling colonial system. In the l920s Sir Leonard Rogers of the Indian Medical Service found that the ancient Hindu treatment of chaulmoogra oil could be used in an injectable form. The Cajun bayou saw the inspiring rise of leprosy's most zealous campaigner of all: a patient
  • At Carville, Louisiana, a Jewish Texan pharmacist named Stanley Stein was transformed by leprosy into an eloquent editor and writer. He ultimately became a thorn in the side of the U.S. Public Heath Department and a close friend of Tallulah Bankhead. The personalities met on this journey are remarkable and their stories unfold against the backgrounds of Norway, Hawaii, the Philippines, Japan, South Africa, Canada, Nigeria, Nepal and Louisiana. Although since the l950s drugs treatments have been able to cure cases caught early a̮nd arrest advanced casesl̮eprosy remains a subject mired in ignorance. In this superb and enlightened book, Tony Gould throws light into the shadows
Summary
A cultural and medical history of leprosy examines the scientific theories and popular opinions attributed to the condition, drawing on the experiences of doctors, missionaries, and patients to offer insight into the daily realities of the disease, the campaigns to raise awareness, and the efforts to fight it
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189340
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Gould, Tony
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616./9/98
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illustrations
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no index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Leprosy
  • Leprosy
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adult
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leprosy in the modern world
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A disease apart : leprosy in the modern world, Tony Gould
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [383]-412)
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 420 pages
Isbn
9780312305024
Lccn
2005049406
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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  • ocm60375327
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Label
A disease apart : leprosy in the modern world, Tony Gould
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [383]-412)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 420 pages
Isbn
9780312305024
Lccn
2005049406
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocm60375327
  • LBr

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