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

By: Fessler, Pam [author.]Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2020]Copyright date: ©2020Edition: First editionDescription: x, 348 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781631495038; 1631495038Subject(s): 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 -- HistoryDDC classification: 362.19699/8009763 LOC classification: RC154.5.L8 | F47 2020
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.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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.

"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.

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