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always meant that he had received a hypodermic injection, rendering him unconscious. He appeared to be sleeping, was breathing very deeply and slowly. I could not make out where his wound was, but the hypodermic injection signified that it was a painful one wherever it had been made. Late in the afternoon two M. P.'s were brought in, both wounded in the thigh. They had been on duty at a cross roads directing traffic and the same shell had struck both of them down. They both came from Pittsburgh, had been close friends in civil life and close friends in the army. As soon as a wounded man received attention from the medical officers, which operation lasted usually about fifteen minutes, he was removed from the supports and carried to the space set apart for the outgoing wounded, stretcher cases. These were taken away from us by French ambulances which came up from the nearest hospital in the rear, located possibly five miles further back. The walking wounded arrived sometimes in large Q. M. trucks. They could walk and had received usually minor wounds in the hand, slight wounds in the forearm, etc. They usually arrived about twenty men in each truck. They entered the walking wounded ward where they sat on benches until they received attention. They were then led into the evacuation ward for the walking wounded, where a large French camion rolled up every hour and carried them to the next hospital further back from the lines. I don't remember that the dental chair was used for any of the wounded. It may have been without my knowledge, but the wounded who came in with injuries to the jaw were usually hurt seriously enough to be stretcher cases and all of these I saw. -58-