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November 08, 2013


Photo: Mr. Pete
Mr. Pete
Phoebe Judge

The Legacy Of A Home For Leprosy Patients

At its peak, the National Leprosarium in Carville, La., housed more than 450 leprosy patients. Some were forced there in shackles, few people visited, and postal mail was sterilized before being sent out of the home.

Then, in the 1940s, scientists discovered how difficult it is to transmit Hansen's disease, as leprosy had become known, and they allowed patients to leave. But few did.

Today, six patients still live in Carville. Guest host Phoebe Judge visits Carville, where she meets Dr. Jim Kranbul, a Hansen’s disease expert, and gets a tour from Mr. Pete, a long-time resident. He explains to her why he has chosen to never leave.

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