|Description:||Depicted in this historic image was the office of the Carville, Louisiana Leprosarium's Executive Officer who was a medical doctor. Note the bank of x-ray viewing boxes on the wall to the left.|
The National Hansen's Disease Museum's (NHDM) mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the medical and cultural artifacts of the Carville Historic District. In addition, we want to promote the understanding, identification, and treatment of Hansen’s Disease (leprosy). We fulfill this mission by creating and maintaining museum displays, traveling exhibits, publications and a website in order to educate and inform the public on all levels.
"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.