Kingdom of the sick: A history of leprosy and Japan

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TitleKingdom of the sick: A history of leprosy and Japan
Publication TypeBook
AuthorsBurns SL
Place PublishedHonolulu
PublisherUniversity of Hawaii Press
Year of Publication2019
Number of Pages344 p.
Publication Languageeng
Notes

Expected May 2019.

Abstract

Susan L. Burns examines the history of leprosy in Japan from medieval times until the present. At the center of Kingdom of the Sick is the rise of Japan’s system of national leprosy sanitaria, which today continue to house more than 1,500 former patients, many of whom have spent five or more decades within them.