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
Awesomely Gross Medical Illustrations From the 19th Century | One of the challenges for 19th century physicians was distinguishing leprosy from other conditions—particularly the various forms of tuberculosis. The man on the left is labeled ‘tubercular leprosy.’ The woman on the right has a skin disease labelled ‘crusting leprosy’, but she more likely has a form of ichthyosis, a genetic skin disorder. D.A.P. | WIRED.com