Camp Hospital 3

The original hospital at Exhibition Camp, Toronto, begun with fifty beds in the fairground stables, expanded as the war progressed. In May 1915, there were 150 beds; a year later, 650.(1)  Presumably the hospital had moved from the stables, to judge from John Boyd’s photo of patients on the front steps of a brick building:

1916 03 16 sick but not sad

Early in May 1916, the Globe summarized a statistical report by Lieutenant Colonel T.B.Richardson, commander of the camp hospital for the previous year.

Hospital admissions: 6000+
Deaths: 25
Operations: 595
Highest month for admissions: January 1916, with 952 patients, but no deaths
Highest month for number of operations: March 1916, 111.

Causes of death:

  • pneumonia: 15
  • heart trouble: 1
  • paralysis: 1
  • tuberculosis: 1
  • tubercular meningitis: 1
  • cerebral hemm [haemorrhage]: 1
  • peritonitis: 1
  • diphtheria: 1
  • cerebral abscess: 1
  • septic phlebitis: 1

In addition, one soldier, who had suffered an unspecified accident, died from loss of blood — a real hazard in an age before blood transfusions.

Information from The Globe (1844-1936). May 2, 1916. 6. Archive available from ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

Copyright 2016. See “More about this project.”




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