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[PHOTOS] The Legacy Of A Home For Leprosy Patients

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At its peak, the National Leprosarium in Louisiana housed more than 450 leprosy patients. And as scientists discovered how difficult it is to transmit Hansen's disease, as leprosy had become known, they allowed patients to leave. But few did. These are historical photos of the what is now known as the National Hansen's Disease Museum.

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Carville Leprasorium. Exterior view of bungalow style dormitories

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Carville Leprasorium. Examination Room, c.1979 to 1983

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Carville Leprosarium. Infirmary, c.1979 to 1983

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Carville Leprasorium. Kitchen, c.1979 to 1983

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Carville Leprasorium. Interior view of the main dining hall

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Carville Leprasorium. Dormitory Interior, c.1979 to 1983
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