Queen Victoria, visiting wounded soldiers at Netley Hospital, 1898.
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llustration taken from the 'Illustrated London News' of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) visiting wounded soliders at Netley Hospital, 14 May 1898. Fifty-four soldiers were wounded at the Indian frontier, all suffering from gunshot wounds, or a lost limb. The Queen, seated in her bath-chair went into nearly every ward, awarding the Victoria Cros to two soldiers. Netley hospital was the headquarters of the Army Medical School and many distinguished pathologists worked there. It is said that modern tropical medicine had its foundation at Netley and the use of inoculations for typhoid was researched there.