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The lepers until then, lived isolated in confined quarters (with whitewashed stones), called "meskinies (" meskinides "or" louviarides "called Crete lepers [the word 'meskinis" has Turkish origins and means' dirty']) . They were the "cut". The world in view and only the deformed lepers, panicking, so the unlucky patients forced to travel wearing bells to warn of their presence and to promptly remove the people. Breaking the boundaries of "meskinias" the leper, could cause even the stoned or shot. The leprosy was called and religious disease, because Jesus in the gospels appeared to cure a leper and that caused an awe and an additional fear. Because by then the leprosy was an incurable disease and the world was unaware that the vast majority of people have natural immunity against the disease (although even the slightest possibility of disease transmission, it was enough to run negative), the stigma were brought by the whole patient's family, so were led to social isolation "leprosogo" and "dirty». There was no State responsibility (patients have deleted even from the population register) and the lepers living exclusively from the charity of other people.

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Translation: Val. Lempidakis