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A girl in a pretty outfit capturing a snap of the Smallpox hospital facade on Roosevelt Island, NY. Through extensive worldwide vaccination efforts, Smallpox was eradicated in 1979 - the only disease to be completely eradicated through human intervention.
By the end of the 1800s, efforts were made in Western Europe and the USA to eradicate the disease by universal vaccination. Before that time, many cities built hospitals specifically for treating smallpox sufferers.
In New York City, the southern tip of Blackwell’s Island (now, Roosevelt Island), provided ferry access but kept the infected patients far away from the population. Better known for Grace Church on Broadway and St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Madison Avenue, James Renwick Jr. designed the smallpox hospital in his Gothic Revival style. From 1856 until 1875, the hospital treated about 7,000 patients a year. "We are not made by history. We are makers of history." ~ Martin Luther King Jr. #photooftheday
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