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Title: Base Hospital 21 CollectionAdd to your cart.
ID: RG/RG006
Extent: 7.0 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1917-1967
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Base Hospital 21 was among the first American military hospitals to serve in France in World War I. It was one of the first six units sent ahead of the American military to directly aid the British forces in Rouen, the largest city in France's Normandy region. The officer corps had been drawn in large part from the medical staff of Washington University Medical School and Barnes Hospital. Dr. Fred Murphy, a professor of surgery at Washington University Medical School, was commissioned as the commanding officer for the military hospital. Also, Dr. Malvern B. Clopton, professor of clinical surgery at WUSM, acted as the chief surgeon for the base hospital.

After returning to the United States in 1919, Base Hospital 21 was designated a Reserve Officer Corps unit of the General Hospital category. It later became the 21st General Hospital during the WWII years.

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Restrictions: The collection is open and accessible for research.

Users of the collection should read and abide by the guidelines of the Use of Archival Collections policy at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.

Users of the collection who wish to cite items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication must request, sign, and return a Statement of Use form to the Archives.

For detailed information regarding use of this collection, contact the Archives and Rare Book Department of the Becker Library (

Related Materials:

The Becker Library exhibit Medicine in Times of Need is an online exhibit based on the 21st General Hospital Visual Collections and the Base Hospital 21 Visual Collections.

Its succeeding base hospital for WWII, the 21st General Hospital, also has a collection located in the Becker Medical Library Archives.

Preferred Citation: [Item description, Box number, Folder number], Base Hospital 21 Collection, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University School of Medicine.
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