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Every so often, Alcatraz hospital is opened for public viewing. We were on a tour of the island and lucky enough to be there on one such day.

It's a truly eye opening experience. This was a facility for keeping notoriously troublesome life-convicts healthy without letting them get hold of anything sharp or dangerous. It's somehow surprisingly bleak and haunting, I can only imagine how rudimentary their methods were. Robert Stroud, 'the Birdman Of Alcatraz', spent most of his sentence in a room here. It looks more like the set from a horror movie - having been left in it's decaying 1950's decoration.

Check out my Alcatraz Gallery on Flickr
Here's my other post about Alcatraz.

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