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55-Leprosy Infomercials

55-Leprosy Infomercials

In Renaissance England, leprosy went by a multitude of names:
king's evil, green sickness, the Lep. Literary historian Liz
Rodriguez and comic actress Nicole Keating get itchy in this
episode and discuss a supposed cure for the dreaded skin
disease. Just a few pence could buy you a handful of pills that
would cure Renaissance greyscale better than any witch in Game
of Thrones, along with whatever else ailed you. Was this the
work of an apothecary turned snake oil salesman? What did this
remedy have in common with infomercials, cleanses, and other modern
blights on our society? And what did testimonials for this
homeopathic therapy sound like in the past?
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