Although there is a cure for leprosy (Hansen’s Disease), several hundred thousand new cases of this disease are detected worldwide every year. Tulane researchers were at the forefront of the treatment.

>1894

Act 80 of the LA State Legislature established a Board to run the future Louisiana Leper Home. Dr. Isadore Dyer is appointed first President of the Board.

>1917

On February 3rd, Senate Bill number 4086, an act to establish a National Leprosarium in Carville, Louisiana, is passed by the US Senate. WWI delays the selection of a site for the hospital.

>1940

Guy Henry Faget, MD, Director, National Leprosarium, pioneers sulfone drug therapy. Dr. Faget and his staff demonstrates the efficacy of sulfone drugs, including Promin, Diasone, and Promizole in the treatment of Hansen’s disease.