U.S. Army Diagnosis Tag

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Blue booklet of diagnosis tags for use by U.S. Army medical personnel during World War I. Typed in black ink on the front of the booklet is: "DIAGNOSIS / TAG / U.S. ARMY / For Use among Sick and Wounded / on the Battle-Field. / Contract, June 1918 / Field Medical Supply Depot, U.S. Army / W.H. Brewton, Contractor / Washington, D.C." Sick or wounded soldiers would receive a diagnosis tag from medical personnel in the field before being transported to a hospital for treatment. The tag was attached to the soldier's uniform near the chest via a thin metal wire. Diagnosis tags aided hospital workers in determining treatment priorities.
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Physical Description
paper (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 5 1/2 in x 3 in x 1 in; 13.97 cm x 7.62 cm x 2.54 cm
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related event
World War I
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Health & Medicine
Modern Medicine and the Great War
History Highlights: Modern Medicine and the Great War
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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