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We Made Do: Caring for the Sick and Wounded in the Great War


This exhibit focuses 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 VCU Libraries Special Collections and Archives department.

The exhibit is free and open to all during normal library hours. 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, courtesy of Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries