New Traveling Exhibit in the UCONN Health Library Display
At Home and Over There: American Women Physicians in WWI
Anticipating America’s entry into the war, physicians and military leaders had worked to expand the medical corps of the armed services. When the U.S. entered the war, Army Surgeon General Dr. William Gorgas, sent registration forms to every physician in the country. Many women physicians responded, wanting to serve in the Medical Reserve Corps, only to find their applications declined.
Ultimately, women were allowed to serve – as contract surgeons. As such, they were considered civilians and were paid a lower salary, without military rank or benefits. Were it not for these committed individuals, war casualties would have been even worse:
“. . . wounded men arrived so fast that there was no time to think of “men people” or “women people,” just of human needs.”
There is a free, short, 15-minute film here.
The exhibition is sponsored by the American Medical Women’s Association, AMWA. AMWA is celebrating 100 years.
We encourage members to visit the HMS Library and see the fascinating collections in person. Appointments can be made by contacting the HMS Librarian, Jennifer Miglus, or calling (860) 679-3200.