First World War

A hundred years ago, faculties of medicine from across Canada raised medical units to deploy overseas in support of Canadian troops and their allies in the First World War. The units (field ambulances, stationary hospitals and general hospitals) treated hundreds of thousands of casualties at a rate that is unimaginable today. Just as in today’s wars, medical care was given to injured combatants without distinction of their status as friends or enemies. Surgical care was provided at the highest level, often exceeding that available in Canada. Surgical innovations were brought home after the war. Then as now, severely injured veterans continued to carry the effects of the war long after the conflict was forgotten by the rest of us. This topic collection analyzes the contributions made by Canadian universities to the medical care of Canada’s soldiers in the First World War. CJS intends to continue the Canadian Universities series until the centenary of the Armistice.

Canadian Universities

No. 3 Canadian General Hospital (McGill) in the Great War: service and sacrifice

Calgary, Edmonton and the University of Alberta: the extraordinary medical mobilization by Canada’s newest province

The University of Toronto’s lasting contribution to war surgery: how Maj. L. Bruce Robertson fundamentally transformed thinking toward blood transfusion during the First World War

A uniquely Canadian military moment: Sam Hughes and the No. 7 General Hospital, 1915–1916

Treatment of enemy wounded: evidence from the No. 7 Canadian Stationary Hospital (Dalhousie University)

Western University (No. 10 Canadian Stationary Hospital and No. 14 Canadian General Hospital): a study of medical volunteerism in the First World War

Other First World War articles

The 1917 Halifax Explosion: the first coordinated local civilian medical response to disaster in Canada

Somewhere in France (9 April 17): a centenary review of medical arrangements at Vimy Ridge

Origins of the Canadian school of surgery

Two heroes of the class of onety-seven: Part I (citation and abstract only)

Two heroes of the Class of Onety-Seven: Part II (citation and abstract only)

Wounds of the abdomen. Part 1: In war (citation and abstract only)

Further remembrances of that revered anatomist, Dr. J. C. Boileau Grant (citation and abstract only)