The Irish Immigrants' Fever

1847 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
who runs a small steamboat for the government, ] have been able to make a short visit to this quarantine station, and am now on my return to Quebec ; or shall be, as soon as our little steamer takes on board the last of the convalescents from the fever hospitals, which I see waiting on the dock. Presuming that our brethren generally, throughout the United States, feel a lively interest in tho disease which is prevailing hero and up the St. Lawrence, even to our own country, I propose to give
more » ... propose to give you a rapid and superficial sketch of what I have seen, and what 1 may hereafter see; although, as I have been travelling for more than two months, and seen but few medical journals, I do not know but others have already dono for you what I am about to attempt. If so, please send on my letter to my colleagues of the Western Journal, at Louisville. Gros Isle is one of the endless succession of beautiful islands which adorn this noble river, from Lake Ontario to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Many of them consist of ancient drift, and have level surfaces which rise but a few feet above the water; but this is rocky and rugged, with heights of 80 or 100 feet, in its centre, and hence the name given it by the early French voyageurs. Its breadth is less than a mile, with a length of nearly two. The black birch, white cedar, and various kinds of pine, overshadow and partly obscure its stony surface. The quarantine station is on the south east or right hand side, which, in the approach, presents three distinct groups of one story board sheds, some of which are mere cottages, but others from two to four hundred feet long. The lowest, or eastern group, is for the reception and temporary accommodation of immigrants in health ; the next up the island, for the quarantine physician, and a small detachment of troops from the garrison at Quebec ; the third, or western, more extensive than both the others, for the sick and their physicians, nurses, anil a numerous body of carpenters, engaged in the erection of additional houses to receive the hundreds who are still lodged in tents and marquees. The buildings of each group are white-washed, and appear in pleasant contrast with the green slopes and tuberosifies of the island, in their rear. The harbor in
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