1860 Contagious Diseases

  • Postcard of New Isolation Hospital, Toronto

    Isolation Hospitals

    Before the advent of proper sanitation, outbreaks of contagious diseases such as cholera, typhus, measles, and smallpox were commonplace in Toronto. Those who caught the disease were held in quarantine at home or in an isolation hospital. Cramped, overcrowded school rooms formed an ideal environment for the spread of contagious diseases. In response, the Board developed a number of policies for containment including the requirement for student vaccination.

    Richmonde Sales Co., Ltd., Toronto

    Printed paper


    Colour postcard of four storey brick building set in distance with trees and road in front.