Washington University School of Medicine Oral History Project

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Terme di Agnano, Naples, Italy, 1944
Secondary external entrance to Terme di Agnano, a hot water spa, which served as officers’ and nurses’ quarters while the 21st General Hospital was stationed in Naples, Italy (December 1943 to September 1944). The sunken bathtubs in the nurses’ rooms were boarded over to make room for cots. However, fuel was so scarce during the cold wet weather of January that about one third of the nurses were hospitalized with acute upper respiratory conditions and fatigue. As Col. Cady later wrote, “Sunny Algeria and comfortable Bou Hanifia had rather spoiled the unit for such a messy existence.”