Over the course of a century the twin forks ofLong Islandplayed a distinct but overlooked role in the public health of our nation. Though many of us would now gladly accept a months-long stay at Montauk on the government’s dollar, the soldiers returning from the Spanish-American War endured contaminated barracks and insufferable tedium to keep the American public safe from tropical fevers and other pathogens. PlumIslandis now largely shuttered and on the real estate market, but its contributions to world health cannot be forgotten in lieu of future development. Public memory has shuttered these recollections away into a dark corner of history, but these experiences serve as a source of pride and inspiration for those willing to remember.
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