A new exhibit will be on display in the main lobby of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library from September 14, 2015 to February 1, 2016 . Featuring Base Hospital No. 41, the medical unit sponsored by the University of Virginia during World War I, the exhibit highlights images and artifacts from the library’s historical collections. The unit was formed largely due to the efforts of Dr. William H. Goodwin, an Associate Professor in the UVA School of Medicine who later served as Base Hospital No. 41’s Chief of Surgery. Dr. Goodwin recruited largely from UVA alumni to staff the unit, which consisted of medical officers, nurses, enlisted personnel, and civilian employees. The hospital operated on the grounds of a historic French monastery just outside Paris from August 1918 to January 1919, a relatively brief period, but long enough for members of the unit to witness air raids, experience the 1918 influenza epidemic, and care for over 4700 patients.
The exhibit presents an overview of medicine and nursing during WWI and offers a glimpse into the fascinating history of the men and women of Base Hospital No. 41. Much of the information for the exhibit came from the library’s Base Hospital No. 41 Collection, MS-17. The panels and artifacts displays were written and designed by Emily Bowden. Thanks to the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library Marketing Team for providing an additional banner to advertise the exhibit in the hallway outside the library.