National Geographic : 1917 Jul
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY WARD IN THE American Ambulance Hospital, Neuilly, Paris, France T HOUSANDS OF MEMIBERS of the National Geographic Society and the sons of a great many more have answered our country's call to arms. Numbers have already gone to France, and others will follow shortly to place the Stars and Stripes side by side with the battle standards of our allies in this titanic struggle for freedom and everlasting peace. We should not close our eyes to the eventualities that confront our men in action and in camp, because the physical hazard is ever present. For the safe return of your boy or your neighbor's son you can but hope and pray; and yet there is something that you can do-a help that is both practicable and all important, which will reduce that hazard of life and limb and minimize the toll which wound and disease demand. Will you do your part today and thus prepare for tomorrow? In the Ameri can Ambulance Hospital, located at Neuilly (pronounced Nuh yee), in the environs of Paris, there should be established a NATIONAL GEOGRAPIIIC SOCIETY WARD (TWENTY BEDS) Picture to yourself the feeling of one of our fellow-members or his boy upon being brought into this hospital and placed in a comfortable bed provided for him by his own friends. Can you imagine a better tonic or a more comforting thought to a sick or wounded man than the realization that he is almost at home? The American Hospital at Neuilly, housed in a splendid four-story building built around the four sides of a beautiful court, now takes care of about 1,500 patients a day in its main and auxiliary hospitals. The average number of patients under treatment in the main institution is 454 a day, and these represent the most serious surgical cases. During last year 5,100oo serious operations were performed, 135,000 patients were transported in the hospital's ambulances, and the war harried people of every hamlet within the boundaries of brave France heard of the profound sympathy of America for their trials and of American efforts to "smooth the wrinkled front of grim-visaged war" for them. The hospital was established by American subscriptions in the early days of the war and has been a boon to the sick and wounded that cannot be measured in words. There will be no overhead expense in the handling of the National Geographic Society's fund, and every dollar will be expended for equipment and maintenance of the ward. The need is inevitable; therefore subscribe now, because it takes consid erable time to secure and transmit equipment to the hospital. No matter how small or how large your subscription, it will be welcome and proper acknowl edgment made. (cUT HERE) GILBERT H. GROSVENOR, Chairman,National Geographic Society Ward Fund, i6th and M Streets N. W., Washington, D. C. I enclose $.......... toward the National Geographic Society Ward of the American Ambulance Hospital, Neuilly, France, thus indicating my belief in pre paredness. (N am e) ..................................... (Address) ..................................