We Made Do: Caring for the Sick and Wounded in the Great War
Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, first-floor Special Collections and Archives Reading Room
509 North 12th Street, Richmond, Va. 23298
Tompkins-McCaw Library presents a new exhibit on MCV's Base Hospital 45, in service of France during World War I. This unit of health-care workers was formed in 1917 and commanded by Dr. Stuart McGuire, who at the time was dean of the Medical College of Virginia. The unit was deployed to France in July 1918 and worked out of a converted infantry barracks in Toul, roughly eight miles from the front lines. The hospital treated 17,438 casualties, although only 350 lives were lost. The exhibit features artifacts from the library's Special Collections and Archives department.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Parking is available for a fee in the 8th Street parking deck. If special accommodations are needed, please contact Thelma Mack, research and education coordinator, at (804) 828-0017.
Image: Base Hospital 45, Special Collections and Archives, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, VCU Libraries