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The doctors of Ellis Island were commissioned officers of the U.S. Public Health Service. Officially known as surgeons, they were in charge of the Ellis Island Hospital and the medical examination of immigrants in a routine procedure called the line inspection. As long lines of immigrants slowly entered Ellis Island's Main Building, they were examined swiftly and expertly by the doctors for any sign of disease or signs of physical or mental weakness.

from PureWow

11 NYC Spots You Probably Don't Know Exist

North Brother Island, one of the most ghostly places in America -- less than 2,000 feet from NYC.Riverside Hospital opened a quarantine facility for smallpox patients on the 20-acre island in 1885. T he hospital later took in patients with other communicable diseases, such as venereal disease and typhoid. It was here that Typhoid Mary was housed for two decades until her death in 1938. The hospital closed in 1942 , and is said to be haunted by the many who died or suffered there.

from The Huffington Post

PHOTOS: Haunting, Abandoned Island In New York

Riverside Hospital, North Brother Island, NY - has been untouched since 1963 when it was used as a hospital and quarantine station. It is now completely abandoned.


It's Pilgrim State Hospital.. it's an abandoned mental hospital in Long Island.. I lived right by it before I moved south. Still regretting being too chicken shit to go in..

from Mail Online

Inside the lost island of New York: Eerie pictures of the abandoned leper colony just 350 yards from the Bronx

North Brother Island Quarantine Zone, New York: quarantine zone, leper colony and centre for drug addicts. Just 350 yards from the crowded tenements of the Bronx, North Brother Island was first employed as a quarantine centre in 1885. Closed in 1963, it is now a haunting labyrinth of crumbling ruins. Click for more pictures.