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Hansen’s Disease, Part 2 (1981)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Carville, Iberville Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1981-12-17

Duration: 00:08:33

Subjects: Gillis W. Long Hansen's Disease Center (U.S.) | Discrimination | Health | Leprosy


  • Sexton, Sharon Elizabeth Host
  • Boudreaux, Louis Interviewee


This segment from the December 17, 1981, episode of the series “Folks” features Sharon Elizabeth Sexton’s profile of Louis Boudreaux, a patient and resident at the National Hansen’s Disease Center in Carville, Louisiana. Boudreaux discusses: his arrival at Carville at age 19 in 1934; the prison atmosphere for patients; the public fear over leprosy; living with Hansen’s Disease and blindness; the impact of the stigma of having Hansen’s Disease; and the need to disassociate the terms leprosy and Hansen’s Disease.