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