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Leprosy is more than just a biblical disease. It's a condition that countless people have faced. "Palo Seco: Life Lessons from Leprosy" takes you inside the legendary places once known as "leper colonies," with exclusive photos and interviews made with leprosy patients who still live in historic settlements operated by the United States — including Kalaupapa, Hawaii, Carville, Louisiana, and Palo Seco, Panama. These are personal stories of challenges and survival.


About the Author

Mark Chesnut
MarkChesnut New York City
Mark Chesnut is a travel writer based in New York City. For more than 15 years, he has been jetting around the globe, taking photos and covering a variety of topics for award-winning media outlets including Caribbean Travel + Life, The Huffington Post, the Miami Herald, Travel + Leisure Mexico, Travel Weekly and the inflight magazines of Aeromexico, LAN Airlines and TACA, to name a few. Follow Mark's travels on Instagram (@Mundera) and Twitter (@MunderaMedia). Mark showcases his favorite photos and travel experiences on his own site, For more photo gift ideas from Mark, visit

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