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December 10, 1949

Medicine Under Canvas: A War Journal of the 77th Evacuation Hospital

JAMA. 1949;141(15):1107. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910150073041

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Abstract

This is a history of the 77th Evacuation Hospital, a 750-bed unit affiliated with the Medical School of the University of Kansas, during its service from 1941 to 1945. During this period the unit trained in the United States, after which it operated hospitals in England, North Africa and Sicily. It was then returned to England, where it again operated a hospital prior to moving to Northwest Europe in support of the Allied invasion. It is the saga of a mobile Army hospital, newly organized, untrained and untried in participation in modern war, and of its development into a well trained, well organized and toughened unit, ready to meet any situation, tactical or professional.

Although not a carefully documented history, it is definitely more than a "yearbook" or "college annual," as are many unit histories. Detailed accounts are given of the many problems faced in field operations in a combat

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