|Description:||Depicted in this historic image was the interior of the Physical Therapy Room in the Carville, Louisiana Leprosarium. A staff nurse was placed in charge of all treatments involving the electrical appliances found in this clinical setting, that were therapeutically prescribed for crippling conditions involving the hands and feet, (see PHIL #8853). The hospital was a self-contained compound with its own power plant, storehouse, patient treatment centers such as this Physical Therapy center, and a dental office, food-processing facilities, i.e., a cafeteria, and its own cemetery.|
"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.