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See Wooden leper clapper, English, c 17th century.
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Wooden leper clapper, English, c 17th century.
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Picture Number:10320265
Credit:Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
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The disease of leprosy was believed to be highly infectious, with symptoms including sores, ulcers, erosion of the bones and loss of sensation at the nerve endings. As a consequence, sufferers were often reviled by society and isolated from their communities. To warn people of their approach, lepers wore distinctive clothing and were forced to carry a rattle, known as a clapper. The example shown probably dates from the 17th century, when leprosy was becoming increasingly scarce in Britain.
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In Collection of: Science & Society Picture Library
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Subject(s) > Medicine & Health > Public Health & Hygiene
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