War I Exhibit in the Dental Library
The dental library has recently installed an exhibit featuring our collection of photographs of World War I soldiers with maxillofacial injuries. Dr. Kevin Hester, LSUSD ’84, received the collection of 160 photographs from a patient and donated it to the library in 2001. The patient’s uncle, Thomas Terry, was a New Orleans dentist who served at a hospital in Vichy, France, during World War I and treated patients with these traumatic injuries. The prevalence and severity of maxillofacial injuries that soldiers suffered during this war necessitated the development of new techniques for treatment and reconstruction. Surgeons and dentists trained together to treat maxillofacial injuries as a team and performed sophisticated repair and reconstruction, overcoming the lack of resources available to them.
A letter in the Terry collection from
one of his patients, Sgt. Leon “Red” Hansen, discusses the origin of
the photographs. The Medical Department of the U.S. Army in the
World War, a 15-volume series in the dental library, includes
accounts of the treatment of maxillofacial patients in France and at
specially designated military hospitals in the states. Among the
patients whose reconstructive procedures are shown in this book is Sgt.
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