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Doctors Paul Brand and John Trautman discuss the usefulness of video in advising and training practitioners in the effective treatment of Hansen's disease and its consequences. The video begins with Dr. Brand examining an x-ray sent to him from a doctor in North Carolina. The x-ray indicates a severe infection in a patient's foot, for which Dr. Brand would typically recommend a total contact plaster cast. Brand notes that few practitioners know how to correctly apply such a cast, and he would not normally suggest it. He then holds up a videotape, explaning that clinicians at Carville have recorded the particulars of how to carry out the procedure, and that he will be sending the tape and the recommendation to North Carolina. Dr. Trautman follows, noting that the Center has sent medical instructional videos to 35 countries.He also mentions a video testimonial about Carville that was viewed by senior officials in the Public Health Service, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and members of Congress, which led to funding of a surgical-computer workstation in the rehabilitation branch at Carville.
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Transfer; National Hansen's Disease Program; 20060221; 2006-01.