A little #tbt
to last week exploring Ellis Island with a hard hat tour with @saveellisisland
I can’t tell you JUST how fantastic this tour was. (You need to experience it for yourself!) 90 minutes of exploring the ruins and learning all about the former immigrant hospital on the island.
We saw the autopsy theater where healthcare providers came to learn about and observe what rare diseases did to the bodies they took. We walked the hallways and stood in the wards where brand new immigrants were evaluated & treated after their months long journey to the new world on a ship. We saw the immense laundry facilities that cleaned and cared for the linens that the patients used. All of this effort and infrastructure was in place so the people arriving in the United States could be healthy and productive as citizens of their new home.
Did you know that hernia repair was the most common surgery performed at the Ellis Island hospital? This surgery improved the quality of life for so many people, and gave many back the ability to perform a variety of jobs that they wouldn’t be able to do otherwise. What an incredible way to be welcomed into a new country! Go see it for yourself - thank me later. 🤗
***In the 2nd to last photo, the operating room is featured - it was situated on the top floor of the building so the surgeons could use sunlight to light the OR when available, and so the room could be vented easily to keep the anesthetic (ether/chloroform!) from building up in the OR and affecting the staff! Smart move, architects! 😉***
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