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Chapter 14 : Leprosy, the Striking Hand of God

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There is a morbid interest in and dread of leprosy, largely stemming from frequent references in the Bible. To the readers of the Old Testament, leprosy was an abomination. Job says, “Pity me, pity me, and pity me, you, my friends, for the hand of God has struck me.” Although the Bible does not specify that Job suffered from leprosy, it was assumed that he did, and for a time he was considered the patron of lepers. Indeed, in medieval art Job is always depicted as being covered with black spots, and body spots are also seen in illustrations of lepers (Fig. 14.1). In Leviticus this account of the disease is given: “When a man shall have the skin of his flesh a rising, a scab or bright spot, and it be in the skin of his flesh like the plague of leprosy; then he shall be brought unto Aaron the priest or unto one of his sons the priests.”

Citation: Sherman I. 2017. Leprosy, the Striking Hand of God, p 354-364. In The Power of Plagues, Second Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670018.ch14
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Figure 14.1

Job stricken with a plague as depicted in a 17th century woodcut, “Feldtbuch der Wundarzney” by Hans von Gersdorff, INTERFOTO / Alamy Stock Photo.

Citation: Sherman I. 2017. Leprosy, the Striking Hand of God, p 354-364. In The Power of Plagues, Second Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670018.ch14
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Disfigurement of the face. ©2012 Massachusetts Medical Society.

Citation: Sherman I. 2017. Leprosy, the Striking Hand of God, p 354-364. In The Power of Plagues, Second Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670018.ch14
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Deformity of the hands. Courtesy of Wikimedia and licensed under creative commons licensing: CC BY-SA 3.0.

Citation: Sherman I. 2017. Leprosy, the Striking Hand of God, p 354-364. In The Power of Plagues, Second Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670018.ch14
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Leper announcing his arrival in the city with the ringing of a bell. Watercolor by R.Cooper. Courtesy Wellcome Library, London, CC-BY 4.0.

Citation: Sherman I. 2017. Leprosy, the Striking Hand of God, p 354-364. In The Power of Plagues, Second Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670018.ch14
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