- First, he pioneered the then startling idea that the loss of fingers and toes in leprosy was due entirely to infection and was thus preventable. Because leprosy attacks chiefly the nervous system, resultant tissue abuse occurs because the patient loses the warnings of pain – not because of inherent decay brought on by the disease. Paul Brand discovered the gift of pain, claiming that because leprosy destroyed the sensation of pain in affected parts of the body, pain-deprived people inadvertently injured and destroyed themselves.
- Second, as a skilled and inventive hand surgeon, he pioneered tendon transfer techniques with leprosy patients, and opened up a whole new world of disability prevention and rehabilitation for the most vulnerable and helpless in society.
THE LEPROSY MISSION, A Legend has passed into history Dr Paul Wilson Brand - 1914-2003 Obituary by Ms Janet Walmsley
Dr Paul Wilson Brand – 1914-2003; An Extraordinary, Gifted Orthopaedic Surgeon who Straightened Crooked Hands and Unravelled the Riddle of Leprosy
Dr. Frank Duerksen, a Leprosy Surgeon--an interview, influenced by Dr. Paul Brand