International Leprosy Association -
History of Leprosy

  • International Leprosy Association -
    History of Leprosy


    Dr Benito Hernando Espinosa

    Status Physician
    Country Spain


    Benito Hernando Espinosa, MD, DSc (1846-1916) was director of the San Lazaro Hospital of Granada in Spain, a hospital for those suffering from leprosy. In 1881 he published a book on leprosy in Granada. In addition to his interests in epidemiology, bacteriology and pathologic anatomy, he was mainly interested in clinical work in leprosy. In collaboration with Neisser and Virchow, using material from Spanish patients, he confirmed that the leprosy bacillus was truly a bacillus and an agent in producing leprosy. Also at San Lazaro, it was confirmed that agglomerations of bacilli made up the "globi" described by Neisser.

    International Journal of Leprosy, Centennial Festskrift edition, Vol 41, No 2. 1973.


    De la lepra en Granada. Granada: Impr. de la Lealtad, 1881.

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