|Arab and Jewish patients waiting outside of the dispensary of the hospital (1886)|
Torrence Collection, "Unlocking the Medicine Chest," University of Dundee
See more on the Torrances here.
|Original caption: "General view of the shore of Lake Galilee, |
showing people washing clothes and cooking utensils and
drawing water at the same spot." (circa 1910)
The Torrance photos show the primitive conditions in Tiberias which was confined by Ottoman rulers to remain a small walled city until the early 20th century. The town was pillaged and destroyed by marauding armies over the centuries. Earthquakes, plagues, and floods devastated the town.
On the back of the picture of washing at the Sea of Galilee shore appears this notation: "No wonder there were outbreaks of cholera, enteric fever and such diseases! Father [Dr David Torrance] took the 'boilers' from the hospital wash-house into the town so that people could obtain boiled water."
|"The old walls and castle of Tiberias" (1890)|
|Aerial photo of Tiberias, 1938, |
showing expansion of the town
Future features: The great Tiberias flood, and the Jews of Tiberias.
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