Thursday, July 02, 2015

Factoid of the day

Medieval net asks: Did Robert the Bruce suffer from leprosy?

The dentists say probably not.

but this discussion, along with r  rated photos of facial reconstruction showing leprous nodules of the face, suggest maybe he did.

you know, when I worked in Africa, we had exactly one case of leprosy, since sulfone and public health docs had pretty well knocked it out (and it was treated by outpatient clinics). But one of our older sisters, who predated WWII, said that the disease had a distinctive when we got a man admitted with severe nodules, I had her check it and she said it didn't smell like leprosy. She was right. It was widespread kaposis sarcoma, probably from HIV, although in those days no one knew about HIV....

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