Navy Medical Art of the Abbott Collection

 

 

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Helping Wounded
Kerr Eby #15
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-CY


Treating a Marine casualty where he fell on the bloody beach at Tarawa, Navy hospital corpsmen bandage his wound while another corpsman opens a bottle of plasma.


Dentist of Bougainville
Kerr Eby #8
Watercolor and charcoal drawing, 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-CR


In some cases of serious wounds, blood plasma is injected in a continuous flow. Here a Marine casualty receives this treatment as he is borne back through a trail from the front lines in the Bougainville jungle.


Corpsman Works by Night
Kerr Eby #12
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-CV


Casualties must move with the same care as combatants when fighting the Japanese. In this painting depicting a grim scene at the Bougainville front, a wounded Marine is kept warm by his buddy while hospital corpsmen creep noiselessly down into the foxhole to remove the casualty to the rear lines for treatment.


Aid Station
Kerr Eby #24
Charcoal and wash, 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-DH


Heavy was the coast at Tarawa. Compensating for the blood spilled by this casualty, life-giving plasma is injected into his veins where he fell on the historic beach in the Gilberts.


Hauling the Sling Gently Over the Rail
Kerr Eby #6
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-CP


Last stage of the arduous trip back from the front lines is reached for this casualty, being hoisted abroad a transport. Soon he will be relaxing on a soft bunk, with skilled medical care and good food in prospect during the voyage to a base hospital.


Transport Wounded
Kerr Eby #17
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-DA


Wounded in a Pacific battle, these American servicemen are placed aboard a giant transport plane for the speedy flight to a base hospital. There their wounds will be given expert attention, necessary operations will be performed, and, where needed, physical or occupational therapy applied to fit them for a return to action or civilian life.


SAY A-A-A-A-H
Kerr Eby #32
Charcoal drawing, 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-DP


Infections can disable a man as quickly as enemy bullets, so a frequent check is made of American fighting men. This Marine has his throat examined by a Navy hospital corpsman to the usual sound elicited by: "Say a-a-a-h!"


First Aid
Kerr Eby #7
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-CQ


This Marine had to be moved to get at his wound.



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