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Description:Depicted in this historic image, was a cottage that was used as a dwelling for a married couple. There were twenty-four such cottages located on the Carville, Louisiana Leprosarium colony's acreage. The hospital was a self-contained compound with its own power plant, storehouse, patient treatment centers, which included a dental office, food-processing facilities, i.e., a cafeteria, and its own cemetery.

Because of the sequestration of the leprosarium's patients, sometimes for many years, those that were married were provided such dwelling places in order to maintain some semblance of a normal married life style.
"Patients of the U.S. Marine Hospital in Carville, Louisiana produced a set of 35 mm slides around 1950 from which this image was derived. In 2002, a patient’s son donated the set, the only one known in existence, to the museum. The father, a patient at Carville for several years, brought these slides home around 1950 to give his family a snapshot of life at the national leprosarium. The act of quarantining patients for leprosy (HD) remained law in the state of Louisiana until 1957." Note the immaculate appearance of the hospital's grounds, much of which was maintained by the leprosarium's patients.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Elizabeth Schexnyder, National Hansen's Disease Museum, Curator
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CDC - Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases; Hansen's Disease (Leprosy)
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