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Hundreds of thousands of new cases of leprosy are contracted each year; though it is rare in developed countries.
  chronic bacterial disease occurring in tropical and subtropical regions; characterized by inflamed nodules beneath the skin and wasting of body parts
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leprosy Hansen’s disease
Less commonly called Hansen’s disease.
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  • Hundreds of thousands of new cases of leprosy are contracted each year; though it is rare in developed countries.
  • Park could tell her that he had lice and leprosy and parasitic worms living in his mouth, and she would still put on fresh ChapStick.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • At a tender age he had developed mange, or leprosy, or some other such infantile disease, and had lost all his hair, never to recover it — a tragedy which may have had a bearing on the fact that, when I knew him, he had already devoted fifteen years of his life to a study of the relationship between summer molt and incipient narcissism in pocket gophers.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • During this time, leprosy was widespread on all the islands.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer

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    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Her lips were red, her looks were free, Her locks were yellow as gold: Her skin was as white as leprosy, The Night-Mare LIFE-IN-DEATH was she, Who thicks man’s blood with cold.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge  --  The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • If he could have infected the whole lot of them with leprosy or syphilis, how gladly he would have done so!
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He was a leper, and the polite name for leprosy was "the white skin."
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • They are used to gunfire and leprosy but not true love.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The leprosy of unreality disfigured every human creature in attendance upon Monseigneur.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities

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  • I know I am like a leprosy.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • These people walk by a widow deformed by leprosy begging for a few paise, walk by children dressed in rags living in the street, and they think, "Business as usual."
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • And even then it’s got to be to call your mother to say that the school nurse has just diagnosed leprosy or something.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • THE BATTLE-FIELD AT NIGHT enemy! produced this leprosy, which a strict discipline alone could heal.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • That won’t do, says the leper, I barely have a hand left with the leprosy and I can’t hold on and blow into your hand.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • But the most terrible of the afflictions were men and women with leprosy.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • The bleachers also needed attention—they sagged, peeling paint like leprosy on the benches.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • When he did, the rose-tan of his cheek looked struck as by white leprosy.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • One character fails to recover health but nearly wins the lottery, while another, although not cured of leprosy, sprouts sunflowers from his sores.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The royal Confessor was endowed by heaven with power to cleanse the ulcers of the body, but only God himself can cure the leprosy of the soul.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • He had survived pellagra in Persia, scurvy inthe Malayan archipelago , leprosy in Alexandria, beriberi in Japan, bubonic plague in Madagascar, an earthquake in Sicily, and a disastrous shipwreck in the Strait of Magellan.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • European costume had lighted like a leprosy.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • I told Dilsey she had leprosy and I got the bible and read where a man’s flesh rotted off and I told her that ifshe ever looked at her or Ben or Quentin they’d catch it too.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • That momentary happiness had been smitten with a blight, a leprosy; Stephen thought more lightly of her than he did of Lucy.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Are we still living in the monstrous times of the Middle Ages, when vagabonds were permitted to display in our public places leprosy and scrofulas they had brought back from the Crusades?
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Cecily repeats, making the word sound like leprosy or syphilis.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Father treated sleeping sickness, plague, smallpox, and leprosy.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • But poverty may be as bad as leprosy, if it divides us from what we most care for.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Yon ribaudred nag of Egypt,— Whom leprosy o’ertake!
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • He donated money to orphanages and leprosy clinics.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • …new Pharisees having war near the Lateran,[2]—and not with Saracens nor with Jews, for every enemy of his was Christian, and none of them had been to conquer Acre,[3] nor a trafficker in the land of the Soldan,—regarded in himself neither his supreme office, nor the holy orders, nor in me that cord which is wont to make those girt with it more lean; but as Constantine besought Sylvester within Soracte to cure his leprosy,[4] so this one besought me as master to cure his proud fever.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Where once the horrible lepers—they called them Measles—had been accustomed to ramble through the woods in white cowls, ringing their doleful clappers if they wanted to give warning, or just pouncing on you without ringing them if they did not, now there were proper hospitals, governed by religious orders of knighthood, to look after those who had come back sick with leprosy from the Crusades.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Let the flesh instruct the mind…. It brought back to me that book of poems I’d held in my hand when she first spoke these words to me, and I save the verse upon the page: Her lips were red, her looks were free, Her locks were yellow as gold: Her skin was as white as leprosy, The Night-mare LIFE-IN-DEATH was she, Who thicks man’s blood with cold.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • They have audaciously adjusted, in the name of "good taste," upon the wounds of gothic architecture, their miserable gewgaws of a day, their ribbons of marble, their pompons of metal, a veritable leprosy of egg-shaped ornaments, volutes, whorls, draperies, garlands, fringes, stone flames, bronze clouds, pudgy cupids, chubbycheeked cherubim, which begin to devour the face of art in the oratory of Catherine de Medicis, and cause it to expire, two centuries later, tortured and grimacing,…
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • And then old snowbirds and white hound-looking faces, guys with Wobbly cards from an earlier time, old Bohunk women with letters explaining what was wanted, and all varieties of assaulted kissers, infirmity, drunkenness, dazedness, innocence, limping, crawling, insanity, prejudice, and from downright leprosy the whole way again to the most vigorous straight-backed beauty.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • He believed himself to be rotting with a leprosy.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • For weeks Adams was ostracized, "avoided like a man infected with leprosy," he would remember.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Her skin was as white as leprosy, The Nightmare Life-in-Death was she, Who thicks man’s blood with cold.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • The horrible affliction known as leprosy, which has almost vanished before the effects of modern science, is common in Iceland.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • He remarked to Sir Robert that rats and their ever faithful fleas do carry diseases—plague and infectious jaundice and rat-bite fever and possibly leprosy—but these diseases did not and therefore could not exist in St. Hubert, except for leprosy, which was a natural punishment of outlandish Native Races.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Rub these hands, With what may cause an eating leprosy, E’en to my bones and marrow: any thing, That may disfavour me, save in my honour— And I will kneel to you, pray for you, pay down A thousand hourly vows, sir, for your health; Report, and think you virtuous— VOLP: Think me cold, Frosen and impotent, and so report me?
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • She then put on the spectacles and read certain passages aloud from a book—sternly, fiercely, wrathfully—praying that her enemies (she made them by her tone and manner expressly hers) might be put to the edge of the sword, consumed by fire, smitten by plagues and leprosy, that their bones might be ground to dust, and that they might be utterly exterminated.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Leprosy?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • "Well," said he, "it was thought at the time that it was the survival of the old mediaeval disease of leprosy: it seems it was very catching, for many of the people afflicted by it were much secluded, and were waited upon by a special class of diseased persons queerly dressed up, so that they might be known.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • Damien eventually got leprosy himself and died, surrounded by his fellow lepers and friends.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • I considered that probably nothing would happen to Arnold, that he might not get leprosy, move to Africa and die.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • Salt-water boils—red, angry, disfiguring—were a leprosy of the high seas, transmitted by the water that soaked me.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • "Leprosy," I say.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The mother sat awhile speechless, motionless, paralyzed of soul, and capable of but one thought—leprosy, leprosy!
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • There is a stain in the fabric of the Temple, deep and foul as that left by the streaks of leprosy on the walls of the infected houses of old.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
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