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July 2006

Urticaria Pigmentosa, A Case.

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Arch Dermatol. 2006;142(7):828. doi:10.1001/archderm.142.7.828

Presented by Dr. MEWBORN.

The patient, a native of Sicily, laborer, forty-eight years old, is held at Ellis Island, pending a decision as to his right to be admitted to the U. S. Through the courtesy of Surgeon G. W. Stoner, U. S. P. H. and M. H. Service, I have the privilege of presenting him to you.

J Cutan Dis. July 1906;29:331-332.

When the ocean liners entered New York Harbor, first- and second-class passengers were inspected onboard by officers of the Marine Hospital Service. The thinking was that anyone who could afford the extra $20 or more for upper-deck accommodations was less likely to be a financial burden or health risk to the American public. The huddled masses in steerage, on the other hand, after weeks at sea in unventilated, overcrowded, unsanitary hulls, were gathered into groups of 30, had identification cards pinned to their lapels, and were ferried by barge to Ellis Island for processing. As they passed, the Statue of Liberty physically—and, some thought, metaphorically—showed them her backside.

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