This historic image depicted typical scene one would encounter in the Carville, Louisiana Leprosarium's hospital lounge, where patients were able to read and relax before, and after treatment, or merely to visit with one another. Being a self-contained compound, the hospital was equipped 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. In such settings, these patients who were sequestered on the leprosarium premises, were kept apprised of local and world events by reading newspapers in settings such as the one depicted here.
CDC/ Elizabeth Schexnyder, National Hansen's Disease Museum, Curator
December 3, 2012