The United States of America offered surgeons and nurses during the First World War.
The chapter on "American Assistance" throws light on the contribution America made to Beckett Park military hospital in Leeds.
AMERICAN ASSISTANCE IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR
American surgeons worked at Beckett Park Hospital (officially the 2nd Northern General Hospital) in Leeds from 1917. Mainly they were specialists in orthopaedic surgery who came at the request of Major General Robert Jones of the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). At that time, all the surgeons were white and male. Support from American nurses was also available, including the services of 2,000 nurses offered by the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses, who were trained for service at military hospitals in Europe and America.
American support was also given in the form of funds, which were used for new massage and electrical departments, X-Ray rooms and further extensions. The vigorous campaigning in America by the renowned Leeds surgeon Sir Berkeley Moynihan was instrumental in raising £6,000, an enormous sum at the time of the First World War. The extensions were opened by the American Ambassador, and two American surgeons were appointed initially. They were soon joined by others, and by the end of the First World War, over two hundred American officers had passed through Beckett Park Hospital in Leeds, many of them to take part in short courses.
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