9 film reels (125 min., 3012 ft.) : sil., b&w and col. ; 16 mm. orig. reversal pos., 3 film reels (125 min., 3012 ft.) : sil., b&w and col. ; 16 mm. dupe neg., 3 film reels (125 min., 3012 ft.) : sil., b&w and col. ; 16 mm. answer print., 3 videocassettes (DVCAM) (125 min.) : sil., b&w and col. ; 1/4 in. master., 2 videodiscs (DVD-R) (125 min.) : sil., b&w and col. ; 4 3/4 in. viewing copy.
Content Description :
Nine reels of amateur footage shot and compiled by R. Carmichael Tilghman, documenting the United States Army's 18th General Hospital in World War II, a military hospital comprised of medical personnel from the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The films cover the entire active period of the unit, from its activation at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina and embarkation in San Francisco, throughout its various assignments in the South Pacific and the India-Burma Theater. Tilghman, an internist and instructor at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Medicine, served in the 18th General Hospital under the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and assumed the role of the unit's official historian. Much of the footage centers around daily activities of the hospital, from medical treatment of soldiers to the social activities of hospital staff, as well as cultural practices of the local communities where the hospital was stationed in New Zealand, Fiji, and the India-Burma theater. The last reel includes footage taken in Cairo, Casablanca, and Miami, possibly captured during Tilghman's return voyage from India back to the United States.