Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Leper Colonies

The isolated figure on Papa Stour and the small isles of Brei Holm and Maiden Stack (Mark Stockdale - Geograph) on the ferry route into this Shetland island are reminders of isolation. Into the 18th Century these outposts were used as colonies for lepers. In all probability the condition suffered by those banished was a vitamin deficiency rather than the disfiguring long-term affliction of leprosy.

Scottish Islands Explorer - goes to ultimate parts
Digital Edition: delivered 'infectiously' and then used 'contagiously'

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