Damien the Leper
Pp. 156-159 (4)
William James Maloney
Pope Benedict XVI canonized Father Damien de Veuster on October 11,
2009. Dr. Damien commenced his ministry, in 1873, in which he would serve those
individuals who were afflicted with leprosy and quarantined in Molokai on the
Hawaiian Islands. He eventually contracted the disease and died of it in 1889. Leprosy
is a disease which is caused by Mycobacterium leprae. It has a long incubation period
and is not very contagious. Presently the disease is treated with antibiotics and the
patient can live a normal life if the disease is diagnosed at an early stage.
Cholera, clofazimine, Congregation of the Fathers of the Sacred
Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Damien, dapsone, Hansenʼs disease, influenza, leprosy,
Molokai, Mycobacterium leprae, rifampin, smallpox, tuberculosis, venereal
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