Navy Medical Art of the Abbott Collection

 

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Combat Convalescence
Irwin Hoffman #4
Pastel, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-FZ


The processes of healing begin right on the field of battle in this war, often on the very spot where Death struck and missed. Navy hospital corpsmen in training apply an arm traction splint to a "casualty" during maneuvers


Back from the Front
Irwin Hoffman #7
Pastel, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-GCG


Navy hospital corpsman in training rehearse moving a "casualty" back from the front lines to a first aid station an activity they will soon duplicate under fire at the front.


This Way to Recovery
Irwin Hoffman #8
Pastel, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-GD


While his comrades keep up a steady fire to discourage enemy marksmen, a Navy hospital corpsman drags a "casualty" to comparative safety in a foxhole. This is one of the grimly realistic portraits drawn at Camp Lejeune where Navy corpsmen are in training.


Seek and Treat
Irwin Hoffman #9
Pastel, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-GE


A Navy hospital corpsman during training searches for the location of the wound suffered by a "casualty." After finding it he must apply first aid just as he will do at the front.


The Wounded Don't Walk
Irwin Hoffman #6
Pastel, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-G


Unless their wounds are very slight in which case they continue to fight wounded Marines are borne back from the front. They travel by stretcher, where possible, or over a Navy corpsman's back. This corpsman in training practices a task which may soon be his in grim earnest.


One Way to the Rear
Irwin Hoffman #10
Pastel, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories 88-159-GF


Navy corpsman in training at Camp Lejeune are taught numerous methods of moving casualties to the rear of the front lines, but they are encouraged to rely on their own ingenuity if know methods fail. Finding a "casualty" unconscious or unable to cling to him, this corpsman tied the wounded man's hands around his own neck, straddled his way back from the battlefront.


Transportation, Latest Mod
Joseph Hirsch #32
Watercolor and tempera drawing, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-EZ


These ambulatory wounded, all Marine raiders, wait on the lowered platform of an LST as it approaches Lunga Beach at Guadalcanal. The green tags indicate the specific injuries and the front line treatment administered. This particular group is returning from Rendova.


Mercy Ship
Joseph Hirsch #29
Oil on canvas, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-EW


Navy Hospital Ship USS Solace. The Navy's hospital ships operate under the laws laid down by the Geneva Convention, being unarmed, fully illuminated at night, and painted white.



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