The exhibit commemorates US involvement in World War I and recognizes the service of University of California School of Medicine doctors, nurses and dentists at Base Hospital No. 30 in Royat, France. It tells the story of the unit’s mobilization, travel to France, and life on the Base. It also highlights the war-related research and care provided by scientists, clinicians, and healthcare workers in the Bay Area and abroad.
Visitors to the exhibit will learn about the facilities and operations of the Base, including the efforts of neurosurgeons who contributed to medical research on nerve lesions. Visitors will learn how patriots at home helped the war effort by knitting wool garments for soldiers and designing innovative prosthetic devices. The exhibit features photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia, including a WWI Army-issued medicine kit, images of doctors and nurses serving in the field, and early 20th-century surgical and dental instruments.
University of California Medical Service During World War I: Treating and Researching was curated in 2019 by Polina Ilieva, Head Archivist at the University of California San Francisco Archives and Special Collections; Cristina Nigro, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California San Francisco; and Assistant Archivist, Xavier Macy.
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University of California Medical Service During World War I: Treating and Researching curated by Polina Ilieva, Head Archivist, University of California San Francisco Archives and Special Collections; Cristina Nigro, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California San Francisco; and Xavier Macy, Assistant Archivist, University of California San Francisco Archives and Special Collections, available under a CC BY 4.0 license. © 2019, Regents of the University of California.