|Title:||World War I hospital photographs|
|Quantity:||0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)|
Rehabilitation and medical treatment of wounded soldiers became a governmental and societal concern during and after World War I. The purpose of most therapies was to integrate disabled soldiers back into society, with the goal they would be "rebuilt." This was a dramatic shift from the Civil War, where soldiers were often placed aside in soldier's homes, where they became inactive. World War I rehabilitation was meant to reconstruct wounded young men into whole citizens again, so they could participate in society fully. Great attention was paid to these injured men, who suffered from amputations to shell shock, though certainly the effects of treatment varied from man to man. Whether or not all or any integrated back into society cannot be easily seen.
The collection consists of fifty photographs and one postcard. The photographs include mainly images taken at an unidentified military hospital or hospitals. The only identified photo shows a group of officers and nurses in front of Officers Ward U.S. Army General Hospital No. 1. The photographs depict various groups of doctors, nurses, and wounded soldiers. Images of wounded soldiers show them being treated as well as resting in various wards. Other photographs show dining halls, dining staff, and a hospital baseball team. There are also a few photographs of nurses, apparently at the nurses' rest home. There also seem to be a few unrelated photographs of soldiers in World War I, including a picture of German soldiers in the field.
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World War I hospital photographs. MS 3386. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.