An unflaggingly staunch, unfailingly sympathetic account of Stanley Stein's ""exile in my own country"" as a leper when he...
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An unflaggingly staunch, unfailingly sympathetic account of Stanley Stein's ""exile in my own country"" as a leper when he was first admitted to Carville in 1931 as Case //776. This takes its place with Perry Burgess' Who Walk Alone (Burgess contributes the introduction here) in 1940 and Betty Martin's Miracle at Carville in 1950. Both were Stein's good friends and shared his aim- to take this disease out of the psychological as well as physical isolation ward. Stein gives a full record of his own medical history- the worsening of the disease at a time when only chaulmoogra oil was available, to the point where he completely lost his vision; the pathology of the disease itself and the new sulfone therapy; his activities at Carville where he launched several enterprises, particularly a newspaper; his romance with Lorene whose pretty face remained unmarked by the disease but whose mind was closed to all intellectual interests; and his lifelong fight to accomplish a breakthrough outside to counteract the old (and wrong) association of Hansen's disease with the Biblical scourge, leprosy, and attitudes of recoil and revulsion. There is much here to admire and inspire.