Hansen’s Disease, Part 2 (1981)
Place Covered: Carville, Iberville Parish, Louisiana
Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority
Date Issued: 1981-12-17
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.