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George Emerson Brewer scrapbook, 1903, 1913-1923 (bulk 1917-1919) 

Creator: 
Brewer, George Emerson, 1861-1939.
Phys. Desc: 
1 volume.
Location: 
Health Sciences Library
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Biographical Note

Surgeon. Brewer was a professor of surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and attending surgeon at Presbyterian and Roosevelt Hospitals. In May 1917, Brewer became Director of Base Hospital #2, the Presbyterian Hospital Unit, in Étretat, France. In the summer of 1917, he was part of Casualty Clearing Station #4 in the Passchendaele Campaign, where he was a member of the surgical team that tried to save Revere Osler, Sir William Osler's only child. In 1918, he became Consulting Surgeon to the 42nd Division of the American Expeditionary Force; he was later named Chief Consultant in Surgery to the First Army.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the scrapbook documents George E. Brewer's career as a U.S. Army surgeon during World War I. It contains correspondence, telegrams, official U.S. Army documents, newspaper clippings, photographs, and ephemera such as menus and theater programs. There is much on Base Hospital #2, which was staffed with personnel from Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and located in Étretat, France.