In works about World War I and its carnage, the 27,000 faces that were damaged in battle seldom appear. Nor does The Queen’s Hospital, the London hospital where soldier’s faces were— when possible— restored from 1917 to 1925. In “About Face,” author Ann Gerike, Ph.D., brings those soldiers’ stories, and Queen’s Hospital, to compassionate life through poetry and prose. Gerike will discuss how her interest in early reconstructive surgery evolved, and how the surgery itself evolved during World War I.
presented by National Museum of Health and Medicine