In Escape's "The Untouchable," a hypochondriac on a business trip in India becomes convinced that he has contracted leprosy. Like deadly snakes and poets, leprosy was a subject used more than once by Escape. This episode delves into the terror of the disease, a terror that has plagued humankind from our earliest history.
The story begins with Fred McGallister, an American construction engineer on assignment in India. With him in Delhi are Henry Rydell, a hypochondriacal chemical engineer from Ohio, and Henry's wife, Prudence. Fred needs this job to be successful, and he pushes Henry to get over his fear of germs for the sake of their work. When they take a side trip to Bombay, Henry spirals out of control after a begging leper touches him on the arm. He refuses to believe that the disease is not highly contagious and that he is not infected. In the end, Henry's hysterical fear of leprosy is the real danger.
(Image of Medieval leper's bell from Wikimedia Commons)