Medicine: The Charlotte Evac

The term evacuation hospital may have a sound unpleasantly antiseptic to civilians. To the badly wounded soldier it sounds like the difference between life and death. For the "evac" hospital is the nearest place to gunfire where a wounded man can get more than emergency treatment. Until he gets there, a soldier keeps his boots on.

Waiting last week on the African mainland to put the sick and wounded from Sicily to bed was the Charlotte, N.C., Evacuation Hospital, an all-tent, mobile affair, with over 1,000 cots and a big staff of doctors, nurses...

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