JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Medication dispensed to immigrant detainees? #general


Joan Engel
 

Were detained immigrants given medication prior to being sent back on
the ships that brought them?

My grandmother, "Bassie Zemsa" age 19, arrived at the Port of NY in
January of 1908. She was detained and then deported. Her deportation
records state she had trachoma. >from what I can gather, trachoma is
an eye infection that, if left untreated, causes blindness. These
days it can be treated by surgery and or antibiotics. However, as
antibiotics did not exist in 1908, I'm fairly certain my grandmother
never had eye surgery, and I know she lived into her 80's without
going blind, I'm wondering (a) if she really had trachoma (b) if there
were other methods of treatment, or (c) how she got back into the
country without treatment.

While I have not been able to find a record of her re-entry into the
country (did she come in with an assumed name? did she come in through
Canada?), she clearly returned within a few months as she was married
in NYC in Nov 1908. Somewhere in between she must have been treated
... and I am wondering if immigration doctors were in the habit of
prescribing or dispensing medication to immigrants.

Any insights?

Joan Engel, NYC

joan.engel@gmail.com
visit my family history website at: www.flora-and-sam.com (NOTE: I
have not yet included the info about my gm's deportation.)

Researching:
BENGIS, ENGELSON, MORO, STRELSKI/STRELETSKAJA, WELLER, ZEMSER from
Vilna, Kovno & Kupiskis
BLINDERMAN, DUBINER/RUBIN, FRIEDMAN, KATZ, POMERANTZ/POMERANZ,
SAFER/SEIFER, SILBERGLEIT, SPELKE, YANOWITZ/YANOVICH >from Grodno,
Kamenets-Litovsk, Kobryn, Malch, Pruzhany & Wisoko-Litovsk

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