Photostory #164: Conquering 5000-year-old Scourge: Canadian Crusader in Africa

Richard Harrington
National Film Board of Canada
Release Date
July 2, 1958
CMCP fonds
Credit Line
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Main Text
These women patients at the hospital will shortly be released and each will receive a certificate of good health testifying that she is free of the disease. Fear and suspicion are two of the gravest obstacles the discharged patient must face. Scars on women's faces are not ravages left by leprosy but are a beauty custom of their tribe. Present-day treatment of leprosy, which employs traditional chaulmoogra oil in conjunction with modern sulphone drugs, has met with great success.