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Keywords

leprosy, mental health, mental illness

 

Authors

  1. Amerongen, Denae I.
  2. Cook, Linda H.

ABSTRACT

Leprosy in the ancient world involved quarantine from family and society and great stigma. Similarly, mental illness today can involve separation, lost potential, and stigma. As with leprosy, most people misunderstand etiology, treatment, and prognosis in mental illness. Nurses are in a key position to educate, intervene, and improve mental health outcomes.