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:
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+
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.
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