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Small town of Leprosy
Higashimurayama city Aoba cho
  • What is here?
  • Tama zenshoen Sanatorium.
  • What sanatorium is it?
  • Leprosy.
  • The road is too narrow for cars.
  • This width is old road size of Japan.
  • I feel like I travel to the past.
  • There are many old buildings here.
  • What is that building?
  • This is a church.
  • In the other side.
  • Is that a temple?
  • There is the Shinto shrine, too.
  • This place is like a small town.
  • There are everything you need here.
  • I'm stuffy.
  • The lepers could never go out of here.
  • Why?
  • This is because it prevents infection.
  • Is the infection power of leprosy strong?
  • No. The infection power is weak.
  • Why did they shut in them here?
  • In old days. The people were afraid of leprosy.
  • Even now?
  • Misunderstanding was removed.
  • And you can go in and out freely now.
  • If there was a fire, what did they do?
  • Nobody comes to the rescue.
  • Patients extinguished a fire by themselves.
  • They could marry at a church.
  • It was prohibition to have a child.
  • Is the disease inherited?
  • No.
  • They thought that the leprosy was inherited.
  • I'm confused.
  • What kind of disease is leprosy?
  • Mycobacterium leprae infects a nerve.
  • The patient does not feel a sense and a pain.
  • They don't notice even if hurt.
  • If I am infected with leprosy, what should I do?
  • Go to the department of dermatology.
  • When treatment is delayed, there are aftereffects.
  • The aftereffects are paralyzed on hands.
  • How cure?
  • Take an antibiotic.
  • It is 1943 that a specific medicine was announced.
  • Does the patient isolate it now?
  • It was abolished in Japan in 1996.
  • Is there the present leper?
  • It is rare.
  • Can the patient have a child?
  • No problem.
  • The history is cruel.
  • I agree. Let's go back already.