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The great leveller: humanity's struggle against infectious disease

Later stages of leprosy

Colour illustration of  the advanced stage of an eruption of leprosy, on the backAdvanced stage of an eruption of leprosy, on the back Colour illustration of  a variety of Lepra leprosa as seen on a patient's backVariety of Lepra leprosa as seen on a patient's backIn this section, Henry Vandyke Carter“s illustrations show patients at much later stages of the disease.

The patient depicted on the left had suffered from the disease for 30 years, and the patient on the right for 18. A much larger area of the skin is now implicated by the tubercular area.

There are two copies of Vandyke Carter’s book in the Foyle Special Collections Library.

The copy from the St Thomas’s Historical Collection bears the bookplate of the prominent sanitarian and public health administrator Sir John Simon (1816-1904), who in 1855 was appointed the first chief medical officer for England.

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