While it's the sort of thing I'd be perfectly happy seeing cut from the fedguv's budget, the National Hansen's Disease Museum
in Carville, LA is actually a fascinating place. Up until the 50's the NHS quarantined leprosy patients in a handful of such places around the country. When the disease finally became treatable on an outpatient basis (largely as a result of research using armadillos) the internees were given the option of leaving or, for those who had never lived or worked in the outside world and/or whose families had abandoned them, they were given the option of remaining at Carville. If I'm not mistaken, there are still a handful of Hansen's patients living there on the compound that houses the museum and is administered by the LA National Guard.
posted on 04/27/2011 4:42:58 PM PDT
by Joe 6-pack
(Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
To: Joe 6-pack
It would be good to see ‘leper colony’ become some obscure term people have to research to understand.
posted on 04/27/2011 5:02:25 PM PDT
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