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The 6 Second Medical Exam
- 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:
Ellis Island Medical Inspection:
Ellis Island Search Immigrants:
Bull N Y Acad Med. Jun 1980; 56(5): 488–510.
Medical inspection of immigrants at Ellis Island, 1891-1924.
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.