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WWII 27th General Hospital, New Guinea

Excerpts from 27th General Hospital in New Guinea Quarterly Reports

The "27th General Hospital in New Guinea Quarterly Reports" contains all the information regarding the hospital such as the hospital location and its construction, organization of the hospital, hospital personnel, professional services offered by the hospital, medical supplies and equipment, training of their personnel and the care and treatment of the wounded.

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Excerpts from 27th General Hospital in New Guinea Surgical Reports

New Guinea beach
Title: New Guinea beach
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
New Guinea beach
Date:
1944
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
This glass slide is not in the books.
27th General Hospital building. Text overlay reads: New Guinea, No. 8
Title: Picture from 27th General Hospital
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
New Guinea
Date:
1944–1945
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
This glass slide is not in the books.
ntrance to the U.S. Army 27th General Hospital in Hollandia, New Guinea
Title: Entrance to 27th General Hospital
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Entrance to the U.S. Army 27th General Hospital in Hollandia, New Guinea
Date:
1945
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (April, May, June 1945) after the Index Page.
Aerial view of the U.S. Army 27th General Hospital in Hollandia, New Guinea
Title: Aerial view of the U.S. Army 27th General Hospital
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Aerial view of the U.S. Army 27th General Hospital in Hollandia, New Guinea
Date:
1945
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (April, May, June 1945) after the Index Page.
Picture of officer at 27th General Hospital
Title: Picture of officer at 27th General Hospital
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Picture of officer at 27th General Hospital
Date:
1944-1945
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
This glass slide is not in the books.
View of “Church Lane” gravel walk leading to Chapel that is seen in center background. Screened area to the left is edge of detachment area.
Title: Church Lane gravel walk
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
View of “Church Lane” gravel walk leading to Chapel that is seen in center background. Screened area to the left is edge of detachment area.
Date:
1944
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (October, November, December 1944) in Pictorial Review Section.
View from receiving and disposition section, thru Registrar’s office. Headquarters section seen in the distance.
Title: Receiving and disposition section
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
View from receiving and disposition section, thru Registrar’s office. Headquarters section seen in the distance.
Date:
1944
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (October, November, December 1944) in Pictorial Review Section.
Chapel (Early phase of construction) in a wooded area with officers standing near by
Title: Chapel (Early Phase of Construction)
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Chapel (Early phase of construction)
Date:
1944
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (April, May, June 1945) after the Index Page.
Interior view of chapel sanctuary
Title: Interior view of chapel sanctuary
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Interior view of chapel sanctuary
Date:
1944
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (October, November, December 1944) in Pictorial Review Section.
General view of road in hospital area showing ends of EENT, X-ray, and Surgery buildings to the left; end of ambulatory Officer Patient’s mess hall in the center; and Officer’s quarters to the right at the upper end of the road. Note gravel about clinic buildings, type of terracing, and necessary ditching with culvert and concrete
Title: Road in hospital area
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
General view of road in hospital area showing ends of EENT, X-ray, and Surgery buildings to the left; end of ambulatory Officer Patient’s mess hall in the center; and Officer’s quarters to the right at the upper end of the road. Note gravel about clinic b
Date:
1944
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (October, November, December 1944) in Pictorial Review Section.
Blood donors waiting outside of laboratory.
Title: Blood donors waiting outside of laboratory
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Blood donors waiting outside of laboratory.
Date:
1945
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (April, May, June 1945) after the Index Page.
Two men on gurneys donating blood
Title: Blood donors
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Blood donors
Date:
1945
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (April, May, June 1945) after the Index Page.
View of the dispensary building. In background may be seen the laboratory, with white containers on the ground between that were used for shipping refrigerated whole blood from the Blood Bank.
Title: Dispensary building
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
View of the dispensary building. In background may be seen the laboratory, with white containers on the ground between that were used for shipping refrigerated whole blood from the Blood Bank.
Date:
1944
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (October, November, December 1944) in Pictorial Review Section.
Men standing and seated in an Interior view of dental clinic
Title: Interior view of dental clinic
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Interior view of dental clinic.
Date:
1944
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (October, November, December 1944) in Pictorial Review Section.
Exterior view ofa single story building with a large door on a wide dirt path.
Title: Surgery building
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Exterior view of the Surgery building.
Date:
1944-1945
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Group of men outside of the Surgery building at U.S. Army, 27th General Hospital site.
Title: Outside of the Surgery building
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Group of men outside of the Surgery building at U.S. Army, 27th General Hospital site.
Date:
1944-1945
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Interior view of a typical medical ward, with a gurney and wooden stools.
Title: Interior view of a typical medical ward
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Interior view of a typical medical ward.
Date:
1944-1945
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
View of operating room in surgery building. Another operating room may be seen in background, with scrub room in between.
Title: Operating room with surgery in process
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
View of operating room in surgery building. Another operating room may be seen in background, with scrub room in between.
Date:
1944
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (October, November, December 1944) in Pictorial Review Section.
Interior view of typical medical ward. There is a utility building in background with another medical ward beyond
Title: Interior view of typical medical ward
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Interior view of typical medical ward. There is a utility building in background with another medical ward beyond
Date:
1944-1945
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
This glass slide is not in the books.
Interior view of typical orthopedic surgical ward, a row of beds occupied by people.
Title: Interior view of typical orthopedic surgical ward
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Interior view of typical orthopedic surgical ward
Date:
1944-1945
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
This glass slide is not in the books.
Interior view of ambulatory patients’ mess hall at meal time. Note screening on either side of hall, kitchen in background.
Title: Patients’ mess hall
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Interior view of ambulatory patients’ mess hall at meal time. Note screening of building, kitchen in background.
Date:
1944
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (October, November, December 1944) in Pictorial Review Section.
General view from office end of the Medical Supply Building. Note concrete platform and method of heating water in drums for washing mess kits and partitioned mess trays.
Title: Mess-kit washing facilities for ambulatory patients
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
General view from office end of the Medical Supply Building. Note concrete platform and method of heating water in drums for washing mess kits and partitioned mess trays.
Date:
1944
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (October, November, December 1944) in Pictorial Review Section.
Army staff person (nurse?) with children.
Title: Army staff person with children
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Army staff person (nurse?) with children.
Date:
1944
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
This glass slide is not in the books.
General view from office end of the Medical Supply Building. Typical office furniture including filing cabinets and clipboards, with two men seated at desks working.
Title: General view from office end of the Medical Supply Building
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
General view from office end of the Medical Supply Building.
Date:
1944
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (October, November, December 1944) in Pictorial Review Section.
Interior view of Red Cross recreation hall. Desks and chairs occupied with men.
Title: Interior view of Red Cross recreation hall
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Interior view of Red Cross recreation hall.
Date:
1944
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (October, November, December 1944) in Pictorial Review Section.
Interior of enlisted men’s day room, featuring a few chairs and tables with men seated.
Title: Interior of enlisted men’s day room
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Interior of enlisted men’s day room.
Date:
1944
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (October, November, December 1944) in Pictorial Review Section.
View of officers' and nurses' recreation building nearing completion.
Title: Officers' and nurses' recreation building
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
View of officers' and nurses' recreation building nearing completion.
Date:
1944
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (October, November, December 1944) in Pictorial Review Section.
Outdoor theater, featuring bench seating inclined on a hill and a small covered stage.
Title: Theater
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
“Theater at present” (April-June 1945).
Date:
1945
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (April, May, June 1945) after the Index Page.
Exterior, U.S. Army, 27th General Hospital.
Title: Exterior, U.S. Army, 27th General Hospital
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Exterior, U.S. Army, 27th General Hospital.
Date:
1944–1945
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
This glass slide is not in the books.
Exterior long shot of the original theater, featuring benches and a small covered stage.
Title: Original theater
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Original theater.
Date:
1945
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (April, May, June 1945) after the Index Page.
Exterior shot of a tented outdoor platform with mechanical washing machines
Title: Original detachment laundry
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Original detachment laundry, later replaced by building with concrete floor.
Date:
1945
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
Located in Quarterly History (April, May, June 1945) after the Index Page.
Scene from U.S. Army, 27th General Hospital (row of tents), Hollandia, New Guinea.
Title: Scene from U.S. Army, 27th General Hospital (row of tents)
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Scene from U.S. Army, 27th General Hospital (row of tents), Hollandia, New Guinea.
Date:
1944–1945
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
This glass slide is not in the books.
Exterior shot of an open tent as part of a row of tents, with various storage and chests underneath.
Title: Scene from U.S. Army, 27th General Hospital (single tent), Hollandia, New Guinea.
Source:
Falk Library Special Collections
Creator:
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 27 (New Guinea)
Keywords:
27th General Hospital, Hollandia, Medicine, New Guinea, U.S. Army, WWII
Description:
Scene from U.S. Army, 27th General Hospital (row of tents), Hollandia, New Guinea.
Date:
1944–1945
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Note:
This glass slide is not in the books.
New Guinea beach
27th General Hospital building. Text overlay reads: New Guinea, No. 8
ntrance to the U.S. Army 27th General Hospital in Hollandia, New Guinea
Aerial view of the U.S. Army 27th General Hospital in Hollandia, New Guinea
Picture of officer at 27th General Hospital
View of “Church Lane” gravel walk leading to Chapel that is seen in center background. Screened area to the left is edge of detachment area.
View from receiving and disposition section, thru Registrar’s office. Headquarters section seen in the distance.
Chapel (Early phase of construction) in a wooded area with officers standing near by
Interior view of chapel sanctuary
General view of road in hospital area showing ends of EENT, X-ray, and Surgery buildings to the left; end of ambulatory Officer Patient’s mess hall in the center; and Officer’s quarters to the right at the upper end of the road. Note gravel about clinic buildings, type of terracing, and necessary ditching with culvert and concrete
Blood donors waiting outside of laboratory.
Two men on gurneys donating blood
View of the dispensary building. In background may be seen the laboratory, with white containers on the ground between that were used for shipping refrigerated whole blood from the Blood Bank.
Men standing and seated in an Interior view of dental clinic
Exterior view ofa single story building with a large door on a wide dirt path.
Group of men outside of the Surgery building at U.S. Army, 27th General Hospital site.
Interior view of a typical medical ward, with a gurney and wooden stools.
View of operating room in surgery building. Another operating room may be seen in background, with scrub room in between.
Interior view of typical medical ward. There is a utility building in background with another medical ward beyond
Interior view of typical orthopedic surgical ward, a row of beds occupied by people.
Interior view of ambulatory patients’ mess hall at meal time. Note screening on either side of hall, kitchen in background.
General view from office end of the Medical Supply Building. Note concrete platform and method of heating water in drums for washing mess kits and partitioned mess trays.
Army staff person (nurse?) with children.
General view from office end of the Medical Supply Building. Typical office furniture including filing cabinets and clipboards, with two men seated at desks working.
Interior view of Red Cross recreation hall. Desks and chairs occupied with men.
Interior of enlisted men’s day room, featuring a few chairs and tables with men seated.
View of officers' and nurses' recreation building nearing completion.
Outdoor theater, featuring bench seating inclined on a hill and a small covered stage.
Exterior, U.S. Army, 27th General Hospital.
Exterior long shot of the original theater, featuring benches and a small covered stage.
Exterior shot of a tented outdoor platform with mechanical washing machines
Scene from U.S. Army, 27th General Hospital (row of tents), Hollandia, New Guinea.
Exterior shot of an open tent as part of a row of tents, with various storage and chests underneath.

Background Information

The 27th General Hospital arrived at Hollandia, Dutch East Indies on July 22, 1944 at which time it was the furthest forward of all general hospitals in the Southwest Pacific Theater. It opened for patients on August 1, 1944 and operated until July 15, 1945 when the last patients were transferred to another hospital. During those months the hospital cared for 21,054 patients who were either local admissions from Army units in the area or battle casualties that had been evacuated to Hollandia from forward areas ranging from Biak to Luzon. The majority of the patients were American Army personnel. The commanding officer of the hospital was Lt. Colonel George L. Beatty.

The collection includes two bound volumes of reports plus 33 glass plate slides that are the same as photographs in volume 1. There are three quarterly reports in volume 1 that describe in detail the activities in the hospital. They also include a mixture of items: drawings, photographs of the camp, photographs of charts and drawings, maps of the camp, hand-drawn and hand-colored illustrations. Volume 2 contains surgical reports, papers written by staff doctors on various medical procedures or treatments, and 28 detailed autopsy reports.

Among the medical staff were doctors with affiliations at the University of Pittsburgh: Dr. Leonard M. Monheim, Dr. John J. McAleese, and Dr. James R. Watson. Watson may have compiled the volumes and donated them to the library.