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  • Historically, it is one of the most stigmatized diseases with a reputation of being highly contagious, disfiguring and incurable.

Well, didn't people catch it from others? And wasn't it disfiguring? And isn't it true that there was no known cure until the 20th century? We could, however, stress that it was always much less contagious than people though it was. But that would need to be documented.

Whether isolating lepers was a good or bad thing, fair or unfair to leprosy carriers, should be presented in an even-handed way. We should not adopt in a knee-jerk way whatever the latest (liberal?) viewpoint is. --Ed Poor Talk 13:04, 21 January 2011 (EST)