Washington, D.C., 1924. GI tunes: “Walter Reed Hospital. Scene in ward where the bed of every soldier is equipped with a set of radio earphones. This is the first hospital in the country to be completely equipped.”
Washington, D.C., circa 1919. “Scenes at Walter Reed Hospital.” He’ll knock your block off. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
Major Walter Reed, M.D., (September 13, 1851 – November 22, 1902) was a U.S. Army physician who in 1901 led the team that postulated and confirmed the theory that yellow fever is transmitted by a particular mosquito species, rather than by direct contact.
To the south of the house, and just outside of the yard, I noticed a pile of limbs higher than the fence. It was a ghastly sight! Gazing upon these, too often the trophies of the amputating bench, I could have no other feeling, than that the whole scene was one of cruel butchery.An estimated 60,000 men had a limb (or more) amputated during the course of the Civil War. On the last day of Gettysburg, a look at the grim realities of amputation—and the guidebook field doctors swore by.
Patient rehabilitation baseball, 1919-1920.
Washington, D.C., circa 1919. “Soldiers at Walter Reed.” Displaying their handiwork. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.