Ellis Island Essay

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Ellis Island is best known for being the gateway for millions of immigrants coming into the United States. It first opened on January 1, 1892 and was running for over 60 years until it closed 1954. Ellis Island was, for a long period of time, considered to be a part of New York. It wasn’t until 1998 that the United States Supreme Court’s decision found that most of the island is in New Jersey. This may be due to the fact that the island was greatly expanded between 1892 and 1934. In 1976, a portion of Ellis Island became open to the public. The north side was open for visiting while the south side was closed to the general public. This is due to the fact that Ellis Island hospital is located on the south side, and the “Save Ellis Island”…show more content…
The doctors would watch a certain person walk up to the second floor to see if the person was breathing heavy (clear sign of heart problems) or had trouble walking due to a hurt limb. The doctors would mark down a check or an “X” for each person. This test was dubbed the “six second physical” because of how quickly the doctor could finish examining a person. A majority of the time, doctors did not to use any tools, but if a person looked as if they had a medical condition or were hiding one, they would use some standard tools. Some of these include a stethoscope, a reflex hammer, a Ophthalmoscope, and many other common items that doctors use today. (Mutt, “Mental Examination Of…show more content…
It has influenced everything from testing to keeping medical records. Ellis Island is now a very popular tourist location that can be visited and give people a glimpse of what it looked and felt like to be an immigrant trying to get into America. Ellis Island way of testing and keeping records has greatly impacted health “standards” around us today by helping people understand how to properly diagnose and categorize disorders and conditions. Ellis Island is truly a remarkable piece of history and holds an infinite amount of

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