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officers were waiting to receive them. Each officer who had been either a surgeon or a practicing physician in civil life, had detailed to him two of the enlisted men of the company to act as assistants. Two supports had been placed on the floor and on these we placed the stretcher with the wounded soldier on it. Close to each officer was a table covered with surgical instruments, bandages, antiseptics and dressings of various kinds. The boys from the kitchen came in to catch their first sight of the wounded soldiers. The ambulance driver secured four empty stretchers from the supply we had and returned to the area where the wounded were being picked up. The ambulances were now arriving very rapidly, each one carrying its four wounded soldiers. Our hospital which was designated a Triage Hospital, was only a stopping place for the wounded. No surgical work of a major kind was done here, except in very rare instance, where it was a question of life and death for a man to receive instant attention - amputation, etc. Ordinarily a wounded man would be in the hands of the medical officers only about ten or fifteen minutes. In some cases a tourniquet had to be loosened to allow the blood supply in the wounded member to be replenished to avoid gangrene. Sometimes a bandage put on hurriedly in the dressing station received attention. I remember several cases which came in that first day which stand out as unusual. One man wounded in the right biceps was placed in the hands of Lieutenant Pyle. The shell fragment had severed the artery and a tourniquet had been placed above the wound. The main artery had been cut. When Lieutenant Pyle was about to tie the two severed parts of the artery together, the tourniquet was loosened and the wound bled profusely. The man had lost very little blood and evidently had been attended to almost as soon as wounded, but his -56-