Yesterday I noticed that a wall had come up over the entrance to the emergency room at St. Vincent’s. Later I saw that people have started writing on it …


People who worked there, or were patients there have started signing the wall. I remembered that this hospital had a floor for people with AIDS, before anyone knew what it was. Although there were problems at first (some staff members reluctant to treat them) it became a place of compassion. I’m sure there were many other great things were done here over its long history.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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