Friday Morning Bookclub

June 23, 2010

Molaka’i:This Month’s Book

Filed under: Historical Fiction,Moloka'i — susanbright @ 7:48 pm

Did you know that……….

Research shows evidence of cases of Leprosy as early as 4000 B.C. The earliest written mention of Leprosy was found on Egyptian papyrus dating back to 1550 B.C. This disease often appeared in families, so it was thought to be hereditary. Many believed that the disease was a punishment from God and people were ostracised and sent to leper colonies such as Moloka’i. In 1873 Dr. Gerhard Hansen discovered bacteria in the lesions and realized that the disease was caused by a germ and was not hereditary. Leprosy is also called Hansen’s disease, named after the Norwegian doctor.

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