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Leprosy in the Middle Ages – A Tale of Tragedy and Prejudice

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Leprosy has always been a subject of interest among scientists, since there is and was a lot of controversy surrounding it. According to traditional theories, during the Middle Ages, when the disease was blooming, people afflicted by it were treated as outcasts – shunned by every layer of society and forced to live in shadows…

Medieval Winchester skeleton reveals how leprosy spread

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The skeleton of a medieval leprosy victim found in one of Britain’s earliest known hospitals has shed light on the history of the disfiguring disease. The remains of a young man, between the age of 18 and 25, were found in the St Mary Magdalen leprosarium near Winchester, Hampshire. Researchers suggests the man was a…

MAP#42: Medieval Diseases and “Cures”

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Listen to the episode now People in the Middle Ages had their share of diseases. But unlike today they didn’t have vaccinations or antibiotics to help them out. Today we are going to look at medieval diseases and the cures that did or in most cases did not work. We’ll see if getting sick in…

Site of ‘Britain’s oldest hospital’ uncovered

A site which may house Britain’s earliest known hospital has been uncovered by archaeologists. Radio carbon analysis at the former Leper Hospital at St Mary Magdalen in Winchester, Hampshire, has provided a date range of AD 960-1030 for a series of burials, many exhibiting evidence of leprosy, on the site. A number of other artefacts,…