The Medical Lives of History`s Famous People

Damien the Leper

Author(s): William James Maloney

Pp: 156-159 (4)

DOI: 10.2174/9781608059362114010030

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Pope Benedict XVI canonized Father Damien de Veuster on October 11, 2009. Dr. Damien commenced his ministry, in 1873, in which he would serve those individuals who were afflicted with leprosy and quarantined in Molokai on the Hawaiian Islands. He eventually contracted the disease and died of it in 1889. Leprosy is a disease which is caused by Mycobacterium leprae. It has a long incubation period and is not very contagious. Presently the disease is treated with antibiotics and the patient can live a normal life if the disease is diagnosed at an early stage.

Keywords: Cholera, clofazimine, Congregation of the Fathers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Damien, dapsone, Hansenʼs disease, influenza, leprosy, Molokai, Mycobacterium leprae, rifampin, smallpox, tuberculosis, venereal disease.

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