This chapter first focuses on the problem of contagion regarding Elephant Disease, before turning to the notion that leprosy increased sexual desires in its victims, and to the methods of classifying leprosy as a disease. It remarks on the difficulties of mapping the relationship between Byzantine medicine and leprosy as well as identifying the practices of medieval Greek physicians, thus limiting this chapter's scope to an examination of how Christian ideas about leprosy helped shape Byzantine medical theories about the disease. In addition, this chapter examines how Greek medical ideas about leprosy influenced Christian leaders in constructing leprosariums and in organizing therapeutic routines for patients in these institutions.
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