The first successful treatment for leprosy was Promin, used by Dr. Guy Faget at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Carville, USA, in 1941.  Prior to this time, hope had been largely dependent on chaulmoogra oil, various folk remedies and patent medicines.  
Person affected by leprosy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (former Belgian Congo) sings praises to the fruit of the chaulmoogra tree, 1938.  Photo by E. Ross.  Courtesy American Leprosy Missions (ALM)  

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