Red room of the lazaretto
Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site
Despite vaccination, the disease was present in the ships arriving at the quarantine station...
According to Danish doctor Finsen, sunlight was harmful to smallpox sufferers. In 1904, a lazaretto or isolation room was thus painted red. Red skylights and light bulbs were added, thus protecting the sick from light. It was thought that this would shorten the healing time and reduce scarring. Several actions and cautions had to be considered for the duration of the treatment, which lasted about one month and a half.
This exhibition will allow you to dive into the past and relive these tragic moments, thanks to the surroundings that reflect the realities of the time:
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