A U.S. Army Medical Base in World War I France

Life and Care at Bazoilles Hospital Center, 1918–1919


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About the Book

Nothing in the small village of Bazoilles-sur-Meuse in the northeast of France bears witness today to the 13,000–bed Bazoilles Hospital Center located there during World War I. Yet in 1918–1919 more than 63,000 American soldiers received treatment there—three out of every 100 U.S. servicemen and women who served in Europe.
This richly illustrated history describes daily life and medical care at Bazoilles, providing a vivid picture of the conditions for both patients and personnel, along with stories of those who worked there, and those who were treated or died there.

About the Author(s)

Peter Wever is a medical doctor working as a clinical microbiologist in the Hieronymous Bosch Hospital in the Netherlands.

Bibliographic Details

Peter Wever
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 185
Bibliographic Info: 173 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7618-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3562-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 3
One. The Evacuation Chain of the American Expeditionary Forces: From Frontline to Bazoilles Hospital Center 7
Two. Bazoilles Hospital Center in Operation: 63,769 Treated in Ten Months 18
The Sound of the Siren 35
Three. “With the Wounded”: Wound Care at Bazoilles Hospital Center 38
Gas! Gas! Treatment of Gas Cases 54
Four. Patients of Bazoilles Hospital Center: Three Soldiers Admitted Because of Battle Injuries 57
Treatment of Wounded German Prisoners of War 65
Five. Spanish Flu: The Toll of Influenza and Secondary Pneumonia 68
Convalescent Camp No. 2 76
Six. “Dear Mother”: Letters from Bazoilles Hospital Center 79
Seven. The Ministering Angels of Base Hospital No. 60: The Spanish Flu Outbreak on Board the USS Leviathan 86
War Is Over 94
Eight. A Medical Officer’s Photo Album: Pictures of Daily Life 96
Christmas Overseas 104
Nine. Patients of Bazoilles Hospital Center: Three Soldiers Admitted Because of Physical and Mental Disease 108
Review of the Personnel by General Pershing 118
Ten. Capital Punishment at ­Bazoilles-sur-Meuse: The Execution of Two American Soldiers 122
Eleven. Traces of Medical Care at Bazoilles Hospital Center: Items from Institutional and Personal Collections 132
Appendix 155
Chapter Notes 161
Bibliography 169
Index 175

Book Reviews & Awards

“Richly illustrated…very well researched…highly recommended”—On Point: The Journal of Army History