IamSano wrote:Okay, so he had leprosy, but did he also have TB because he was coughing up blood (if i remember correctly). OR maybe coughing up blood is a symptom of leprosy?
TB is a lung cancer - yes, you have the interior bleeding, coughing, etc, but it has nothing to do with rotting flesh.
And no, there's nothing to say Shishio had leprosy, that's just my guess. Leprosy is a disease you get either through sex or some sort of physical transfer (rumor had it in the old days that just touching someone with it would transfer the disease, but it's more of a blood or fluid transfer disease than something you just breathe and catch). So...if he *did* have leprosy either Kenshin had sex with someone rotting, or it's that bandaged guy's bite. I don't know if anyone else in the series rubbed wounds with him or bit him, so Shishio is the only suspect that comes to mind. ^_^;;
Anyway, I have no idea if it were leprosy or not, but there were rumors of cures (like the touch of Jesus), but none that really worked (as in medicinal cures - they'd dull the pain but not stop the process).