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Title: Base Hospital 21 Photographs and DrawingsAdd to your cart.
ID: VC/VC025
Extent: 13.0 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1917-1919
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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.
Rights: 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.
Related Materials: For related material, please see RG009 (Barnes Hospital Records) Series 9, Map Case Drawer 26, Folder 1: Panoramic photo of Barnes Hospital showing members of Base Hospital 21 preparing to leave for World War I, May 1917.
Preferred Citation: [Item description, Item number], Base Hospital 21 Photographs and Drawings, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University School of Medicine.
Collection Material Type: Visual Collection
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