8. Sea View Hospital Found the Cure for Tuberculosis

The historic Sea View Hospital on Staten Island opened in 1913 and focused on treating tuberculosis patients with fresh air, rest and a nutritious diet−the only prescribed treatments at the time. Sea View Hospital was once the pride of the city’s health care system, built at great cost to combat tuberculosis. In fact, it was the most expensive city-owned health care facility.

Sea View hospital was the site of the first clinical trials for hydrazides treatments, which ultimately led to the cure of the disease. The hospital gradually ceased operations in the late 1950’s, after the cure was discovered, and currently functions as a long term care facility.A cure was discovered here in 1957.