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Ball Method treated leprosy in the early 1900s

Ball Method treated leprosy in the early 1900s

Alice Ball (1892 – 1916)

Alice Ball performed research at the University of Hawaii in the early 1900s on leprosy, seeking successful treatments for those suffering from this painful disease. Ball created what eventually became known as the Ball Method, where oil from the chaulmoogra tree was injected into those with the disease, alleviating leprosy symptoms. This method effectively treated individuals until sulfone drugs were discovered as a treatment. Ball died at the age of 24 after a laboratory accident and it wasn’t until six years later that she received credit for her research. Today, Alice Ball is honored with the Alice Ball Day celebrated every four years.

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