1914 receipt from Parke, Davis & Company for Chaulmoogra Oil purchased for leprosy treatment at Carville Courtesy of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul Archives, Emmitsburg, MD.


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1914 receipt from Parke, Davis & Company for Chaulmoogra Oil purchased for leprosy treatment at Carville<br />
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Courtesy of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul Archives, Emmitsburg, MD.

Before the breakthrough sulfone drug was developed at the leprosarium in the 1940's, chaulmoogra oil, ingested or injected, was the treatment of choice.

The oil, pressed out of the seeds of the Hydnocarpus tree, is viscous and foul smelling by all accounts. The curative qualities of the painful and nauseating chaulmoogra oil treatment was never successfully proven scientifically, but its use did not cease until after the 1940's.


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