Immigration health checks, USA, 1910

Immigration health checks, USA, 1910

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Credit: NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Immigration health checks, USA. Historical image of Public Health Service physicians checking immigrants arriving in the US for signs of trachoma (granular conjunctivitis). The immigration law of 1891 made it mandatory that all immigrants coming into the United States undergo health inspection by Public Health Service physicians. The largest inspection centre was on Ellis Island in New York Harbour. Photographed on Ellis Island, New York, USA, in 1910.

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