Environmental Health and Emergency Medical Services Report on the Woodstock Music and Art Fair (Aquarius Festival)

The full title of this report is: "Environmental Health and Emergency Medical Services Report on the Woodstock Music and Art Fair (Aquarius Festival), White Lake, Bethel Town, Sullivan County, N.Y., August 15, 16, 17, 1969."

Page 3 of the document reports that “Young people, many of them bizarre in dress and manner poured into the area. … These unusual people quickly took over the site... any attempt at this point to limit their numbers would have been dangerous if not impossible.”

Pages 39-40 give a detailed list of medical cases requiring treatment, including 1 raccoon bite, 38 cases of sunburn, and numerous drug-related issues. While some patients were taken by helicopter for hospital treatment, the writer notes that most cases were "treated with TLC, supportive encouragement, etc".

The report consists of the following sections:
  Summary and Recommendations (by Daniel P. McMahon, M.D.); Plan for Environmental Health Services prepared and submitted by Woodstock Ventures, Inc.;
  Food services plan submitted by Food for Love, Inc.;
  Report, Environmental Health Service during the Fair (Mr. Gerald Lieber, P.E., Sr. Sanitary Engineer, Monticello Subdistrict, Oneonta District, NYS Health Department);
  Report of Emergency Medical Services during Fair furnished by William Abruzzi, M.D., Director of Medical Services, Woodstock Music and Art Fair;
  Report of C. B. Esselstyn, M.D., Director, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, NYS Health Department;
  Report of A. A. Baskous, P. E., Albany Regional Director of Public Health Engineering, NYS Health Department.
Identifier
NYSA_13307-82_B41_F17_p017-063
Date
1969
Language
English
Source
New York State Archives. New York (State). Dept. of Health. Commissioner's Office. Subject files. 13307-82. Box 41, Folder 17, Pages 17-63.
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