Leprosy - A disease of the peripheral nervous system and upper mucosa of the respiratory tract that causes external skin lesions.  This disease has affected humans for more than 4000 years and has turned its' victims into social outcasts, forcing them to spend their lives awau from others in leper colonies.

Leprosy - A disease of the peripheral nervous system and upper mucosa of the respiratory tract that causes external skin lesions. This disease has affected humans for more than 4000 years and has turned its' victims into social outcasts, forcing them to spend their lives awau from others in leper colonies.

'The disease enslaved me': living with leprosy in Ghana – in pictures

'The disease enslaved me': living with leprosy in Ghana – in pictures

A Dutch Catholic nurse with a patient with Hansen's disease (leprosy), Dahomey (today Benin), ca. 1910. Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection. National Library of Medicine

A Dutch Catholic nurse with a patient with Hansen's disease (leprosy), Dahomey (today Benin), ca. 1910. Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection. National Library of Medicine

At the time leprosy, a bacterial infection ravaging the skin, nerves, limbs and eyes was incurable. Picture: 'On Sledge and Horseback' book

At the time leprosy, a bacterial infection ravaging the skin, nerves, limbs and eyes was incurable. Picture: 'On Sledge and Horseback' book

'The disease enslaved me': living with leprosy in Ghana – in pictures

'The disease enslaved me': living with leprosy in Ghana – in pictures

'The disease enslaved me': living with leprosy in Ghana – in pictures

'The disease enslaved me': living with leprosy in Ghana – in pictures

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