March 11, 1916

The American Red Cross in Turkey

Author Affiliations

Auburndale, Mass.

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(11):832-833. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580370052029

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To the Editor:  —The American Red Cross had charge of the Frenchhospital of 120 beds, the British hospital of forty beds, and a large section of one of the large military barracks in the city, consisting of nine wards of 556 beds. The whole American community in Constantinople showed their interest by cooperating heartily in the work. The wounded were brought to Constantinople by Red Cross or Red Crescent ships from the Gallipoli peninsula, and were distributed to the various hospitals, barracks, schools, etc., which, in all parts of the city had been taken over by the militia, and transformed into emergency hospitals. The organization of these hospitals, the care of the wounded, the comparative freedom of the Turkish troops from epidemic diseases, all testify to the ability of the Turk to use modern methods of prophylaxis and sanitation in case of necessity. That the initiative in this case was

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