Hansen's Disease

Judging Illness and Living Like Kings in Yomeddine

Religion and the interpretation of illness in the critically acclaimed Egyptian film Yomeddine (2018)

October 31, 2019

HIV/AIDS | homophobia | LGBT rights | stigmatization | xenophobia

The Acquittal of "Patient Zero"

In the midst of the tumultuous vitriol of the recent election and its aftermath, it was unfortunate that a significant story regarding a once virulent legend of the AIDS epidemic went relatively unnoticed—a story that returns us to the apogee of the ...

February 2, 2017

Hansen's Disease | leprosy | Fox News | Hawaii | Act to Prevent the Spread of Leprosy | Kalawao | Kalaupapa | Molokai | Saint Damien | Saint Marianne Cope | Barack Obama | Takalani Sesame | HIV | Biblical narratives

Contagious Armadillos: Spreading Leprosy and Archaic Biblical Narratives

The old adage that truth is stranger than fiction is abundantly apparent in recent headlines linking together the disparate words: leprosy, armadillo, and Florida. We can add “religion” to this uncanny trinity of terms.   A number of news outlets h...

October 1, 2015