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Month: September 2021

Lazar houses in medieval Wrocław, capital of Lower Silesia

Lazar houses in medieval Wrocław, capital of Lower Silesia

Leprosy has been with people for thousands of years. This disease causes skin changes visible to the naked eye: discoloration, calluses, ulcers, and swellings, so sufferers could not hide their symptoms under a layer of clothes. Ancient Greeks associated the symptoms of this cruel disease with reptile scales. The Romans also adopted this word from their teachers, which has been used as “lepra” in Latin ever since. According to old beliefs, it was Pompey’s Roman legionaries stationed in Egypt that…

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