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Ellis Island
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Ellis Island

The 6 Second Medical Exam

 

 


Quick Facts

    • Approximately 12 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island.
    • Most medical inspections lasted six seconds. 
    • Medical inspectors checked each immigrant illness, especially trachoma.
    • Ellis Island had its own hospital.

Ellis Island History:
http://www.nps.gov/elis/index.htm
http://www.history.com/topics/ellis-island
https://www.statueofliberty.org/Ellis_Museum.html

Ellis Island Medical Inspection:
http://www.nps.gov/elis/historyculture/people_doctor.htm
http://www.nps.gov/elis/historyculture/people_nurse.htm
http://www.history.com/topics/ellis-island/videos/the-ellis-island-medical-inspection

Ellis Island Search Immigrants:
https://www.ellisisland.org/

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq1ii1fVTjE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4MejfSdIHs


 

Academic Resources:

Bull N Y Acad Med. Jun 1980; 56(5): 488–510.
Medical inspection of immigrants at Ellis Island, 1891-1924.
E. Yew

Bull Hist Med. 2000 Fall;74(3):525-60.
"The eyes have it": trachoma, the perception of disease, the United States Public Health Service, and the American Jewish immigration experience, 1897-1924.
Markel H.

Med Health R I. 1997 Mar;80(3):76-7.
Trachoma and immigration.
Aronson SM.