An Abandoned Island in The Middle of NYC

#1 #15 The Morality of Confinement

North River Island saw patients undergoing life threatening diseases such as: typhoid, diphtheria, venereal disease, heroin addiction, tuberculosis, smallpox, typhus, scarlet fever, yellow fever, and even leprosy. The isolation seemed a good answer for removing extreme contagions from society. At times the hospital had state-of-the-art therapies, yet it courted controversies and according to Ference, “the death rate among patients was high and the recovery rate low."

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