A report about the activities of the hospital in Luzancy, France, made by Dr. M. Louise Hurrell to American Women’s Hospitals. The American Women's Hospitals (AWH) developed from the War Service Committee of the Medical Women's National Association (later, American Medical Women's Association) in 1917 to provide, register, and finance American women physicians in order to aid those affected by World War I and provide medical and emergency relief to refugees. Dr. M. Louise Hurrell was the second director of the American Women’s Hospitals. She took the position in November 1918, and ran the hospital at Luzancy until it moved to Blérancourt in June 1919. She remained director until August 1919.
Why It Matters
After the armistice was signed, living conditions were slow to improve in areas devastated by the fighting. The doctors of AWH treated a large variety of illnesses and injuries, including broken bones, dental work, and diseases such as typhoid and pneumonia. The people of the villages in which AWH operated valued and were grateful for the women physicians’ work.
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Analyze this evidence
- What is the role of the AWH in the village of Luzancy?
- How do the villagers of Luzancy feel about the presence of the AWH?