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.
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.
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.