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A Life Fighting Leprosy  湯浅洋・ハンセン病 30年

A Life Fighting Leprosy
 A Collection of the Speeches and Writings of
Dr. Yo Yuasa

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Leprosy is a disease that has caused misery and suffering through the ages.  In the early 1980s, a World Health Organization committee recommended a new treatment that has proven to be highly effective — multidrug therapy, or MDT.  Dr. Yo Yuasa, who served as executive and medical director of Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation between 1975 and 2005 and as advisor until 2012, was, as he himself put it, one of the drug regimen’s ”most radical protagonists.

In this collection of his speeches and writings over a 30-year period, Dr. Yuasa can be seen arguing passionately for MDT and making the case for why delivering the cure to all who need treatment should be seen as a moral responsibility of public health policy.  In addressing the diseases’s social dimension, he offers his thoughts on what the long history of stigma and discrimination associated with leprosy tells us about the nature of humankind.

湯浅洋(1926― ) 笹川記念保健協力財団元常務理事・医療部長・顧問、元WHOハンセン病専門委員、元国際ハンセン病学会会長。

1946年、戦後間もない長島愛生園での鈴木重雄(田中文雄)氏との出会い、英国での医学・熱帯病医学、ネパールでのハンセン病専門医としての体験を背景に、1975年から30年間、ハンセン病化学療法(MDT)の「もっとも過激で果断な仕掛け人」として世界を駆け巡った30年間の原稿を収録。有効な治療法への強い信頼と開放医療の推進をとおして、ハンセン病への認識を変えた足跡。

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