Depicted in this historic image was the interior of the Carville, Louisiana Leprosarium's hospital canteen, where patrons could be seen eating and conversing on a daily basis. Proceeds from the canteen, which was operated by the patients, were used to pay for hospital sporting and entertainment events. The hospital was a self-contained compound with its own power plant, storehouse, patient treatment centers, which included a dental office, food-processing facilities, i.e., a cafeteria, and its own cemetery.
CDC/ Elizabeth Schexnyder, National Hansen's Disease Museum, Curator
December 3, 2012
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