Tag Archives: World War I

The Medical Department of the United States Army in the World War April 03

World War I Centenary Forum: Stories from the NLM Collections

By Jeffrey S. Reznick and Anne Rothfeld One hundred years ago, on April 2, 1917, US President Woodrow Wilson spoke to the US Congress requesting a declaration of war against Germany, arguing that “the world must be made safe for democracy.”  Four days later, on April 6, Congress declared war on Germany and her allies. […]

A pass of heavy paper or cloth with grommets at the corners. December 06

A Nurse’s Scrapbook from The Great War

By Stephen J. Greenberg Anniversaries can be funny things. As we observe (“celebrate” somehow seems wrong in the context) the 100th anniversary of the First World War, it’s not always easy to pick a precise date to mark. What day, exactly, did the war begin? Was it June 28, 1914, the day the Archduke Franz […]

October 20

The Punitive Expedition, 1916

By Stephen J. Greenberg The political situation in Mexico, always a matter of great concern to the United States, was particularly volatile in late 1915 and early 1916.  There were several revolutionary armies in the field, fighting the remnants of the government of Victoriano Huerta as well as each other.  The fragmented opposition, with a […]

Woodcut of a woman sowing on a machine in a room full of folded cloth, a nurse stands by while men discuss a parcel. August 02

Hosting the Representative of Flanders

By Jeffrey S. Reznick The richness of Flemish history came alive here at the NLM recently, when we were honored to host a visit of Geert De Proost, the General Representative of the Government of Flanders to the United States. He joins a number of VIPs who have graciously turned their attention to our collection […]

A woman's photograph with overlaid bone structures. July 20

The Wonder in Us, 1921

By Michael Sappol Originally published in Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine, 2011. In the early decades of the twentieth century a modernizing imperative took hold. Suddenly it seemed that a new age was dawning—an era of new technologies, fashions, and political philosophies—modern times. In the aftermath of the Great War (1914–1918), with the […]

A group of men in uniform stand outside on the grass in front of a building. December 29

“What a mess! And we are not half through”: Dr. Osler on England’s home front in World War I

By Susan Speaker This is one of a series of occasional posts highlighting collections that document medical activities during the Great War, which lasted from August 1914 to November 1918. These Osler family letters are in the collections of the Osler Library at McGill University and the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of the Johns […]

A Classified Record of Literature on Military Medicine and Surgery 1914-1917 November 05

Publications and the Army Medical Library around World War I

Dr. Sanders Marble spoke today at the National Library of Medicine on “Gathering and Spreading Knowledge: Publications and the Army Medical Library around World War I.” Dr. Marble is Senior Historian U.S. Army Office of Medical History. Circulating Now interviewed him about his work. Circulating Now: Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you […]