New Project Studies American Military Medicine in World War 1

American doctors administer anesthesia to a patient at Base Hospital No. 28, France, 1918.

American doctors administer anesthesia to a patient at Base Hospital No. 28, France, 1918.

Bringing together a team of physicians and historians, the Kansas City -based project Medicine in the First World War will shed new light on American medical developments in the context of the country’s mobilization in World War 1.

Our focus, is two fold,” says project founder George Thompson, consisting of “A narrative on Base Hospital 28 and a series of essays on First World War medicine. We think the essays section sets the site apart from those that exist on other American Base Hospitals because of the range of content and our strategy to invite essays to be added to the site.”

Base hospital 28 was created by the United States Army in 1917 and arrived in France the following year.  This 2,500-bed medical unit was staffed by doctors from Kansas City, MO, and treated over 10,000 patients during its six months in operation.  By researching and studying its operational history, the project will contribute to a greater understanding of American medical services during World War 1 and the medical advances which resulted.

Medicine in the First World War is a joint project of the University of Kansas Medical Center and the National World War 1 Museum at Liberty Memorial.  For more information, visit the project website here.