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During the Great Irish migration to the United States between andthousands of immigrants of proteins importance in New York sick with one of the diseases common to sea travelers in the 19th century, and especially to the Irish: smallpox, yellow fever, cholera, or typhus known as ship fever. Much of the problem stemmed from lax medical inspections that allowed many Irish emigrants to board the packet ships in Liverpool or in Irish ports already infected with disease related to poverty, malnutrition and starvation.
Their ships were held in harbor for some times weeks on end, which in turn affected the http://rectoria.unal.edu.co/uploads/tx_felogin/benjamin-franklin-s-theory-of-life-and/healthcare-industry-in-the-united-states.php of millions of dollars in international commerce. After years of the perception of diseases breaking out within their community and contentious debates within the medical community about the efficacy of the entire quarantine system, the Islanders—some of whom were wealthy New York merchants—rose up to remove the pestilence in their midst, with alarming speed and with the tacit approval of both government and respected men of medicine.
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By Massachusetts had a hospital on Spectacle Island and an ongoing policy of directing infected vessels there for the removal of sick persons and infected articles. Ships remained at anchor until granted permission to put ashore by the governor and council, two justices of the peace, or Boston selectmen. By the Health Commissioners of the city of New York found it necessary to publish a separate volume to organize and synthesize the growing multiplicity of quarantine laws, ordinances, regulations, and rules. These included provisions for the operation of the Quarantine Station and Marine Hospital at Staten Island, supervised by a health officer, deputy health officer, physician, assistant physician, apothecary and chemist, and special port warden.
These officers were invested with extraordinary powers to direct each of the following colonies was part of the dominion of new england except remove vessels, persons, and cargo to the quarantine grounds; to inspect, examine, and observe vessels for signs of infection; to determine lengths of stay up to 30 days ; to cleanse, fumigate, ventilate, and otherwise purify vessels, cargo, bedding, and clothing, to destroy andy portion of bedding, clothing and cargo incapable of purification; to vaccinate persons under quarantine as necessary; to administer oaths and take affidavits during examination; to afix colors to quarantined vessels; to place indigent immigrants with the commissioners of emigration; to impose liens on vessels and cargo to cover the expense of removal; and make all necessary rules and regulations for quarantined vessels even on an individual or ad hoc basis.
The boatmen who carried passengers from their ships to the hospitals lived in six brick houses, while eight wooden, one-story shanties housed both patients and many of the stevedores who unloaded cargo from the boats. Other buildings included stables, View of the New York Quarantine, Staten Island, waz, coal houses, outhouses, wash houses, and storerooms. The clothes of those with different diseases were strictly separated. Boatman laid the ill in wagons and pushed them up the pathways to the appropriate hospitals while healthy passengers were kept in hospital quarters for observation.
Cabin passengers and crew were put in the St. Those who died were buried in a cemetery two miles from the grounds. But the introduction of fever patients at the Almshouse was attended with too much risk, and buildings were erected for their accommodation on Staten Island.
These being still inadequate, the buildings on the Long Island Farms were leased, but the fear of contagion so alarmed the overrated joe maddon, that the buildings were burned by incendiaries. Ironically, the farms of Long Island would one day supply 18 percent of all potatoes sold in Dkminion York City. The Rev. Niles had recently purchased three of the abandoned Nursery buildings at public auction.
He signed papers with the Commission on Wednesday, 26 Maywith the first quarantined immigrant patients expected the very next day. This accomplished, they cut up the doors for kindling wood and made two fires, one in the school department, the other in the dormitory wing.
They were all-frame houses, and burned with great rapidity. This middle house was consumed first. Indeed the crowd were about to depart, satisfied with the destruction, but on a second thought they returned and carried flaming brands from the burning pile with which they soon set the other two buildings in a blaze. However the inspection was not much more thorough than the one at Liverpool. Ship masters and their officers did what they could to help emigrants pass inspection. Oftentimes, they might wwas them, if necessary, or land sick passengers illegally on the New Jersey shore.]