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Author Fessler, Pam, author.

Title Carville's cure : leprosy, stigma, and the fight for justice / Pam Fessler.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2020]


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 PAS Allendale Branch Non-Fiction  New Shelf  362.19699 FES    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor  New Shelf  362.19699 FES    Available
 PAS Hastings Branch Non-Fiction  New Shelf  362.19699 FES    Available
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Edition First edition.
Description x, 348 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue -- Exile -- God versus germs -- Rescue mission -- Rebellion -- "What have I got, doctor-- leprosy?" -- Finding a home -- Ripped apart -- "Nun nurses" -- Jail within a jail -- The hole in the fence -- Search for a cure -- Until leprosy do us part -- The miracle -- Fighting for freedom -- Not bright enough -- "It's Tallulah, darling" -- Human touch -- An era ends -- Discrimination -- Shutting down -- Lessons not learned -- Epilogue.
Summary "The unknown story of the only leprosy colony in the continental United States, and the thousands of Americans who were exiled--hidden away with their "shameful" disease. Between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the Mississippi River curls around an old plantation thick with trees, with a stately white manor house at its heart. Locals knew it as Carville--the site of the only leprosarium in the continental United States from 1894 until 1999, where generations of afflicted Americans were isolated, often until death. While experts today know that leprosy is not nearly as contagious as once feared, there remains a virulent stigma around those who suffer from it. Pam Fessler tells the story of Carville's patients against the backdrop of America's slowly shifting attitudes toward those cast aside as "others." She also reveals how patients rallied together with an unlikely team of nuns, researchers, and doctors to find a cure for the disease, and to fight the insidious stigma that surrounded it. With original interviews and newly discovered archival material, Fessler presents an essential history of one of America's most shameful secrets"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Louisiana Leper Home.
United States Marine Hospital No. 66 (Carville, La.)
Public Health Service Hospital at Carville, La.
Leprosy -- Patients -- Louisiana -- History.
Leprosy -- United States -- History.
ISBN 9781631495038 (hardcover) $28.95
1631495038 (hardcover) $28.95
9781631495045 (electronic book)

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