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Lieutenant-General Sir Alexander Hood during his visit at the British Army on the Western Front.

Lieutenant-General Sir Alexander Hood during his visit at the British Army on the Western Front.
Lieutenant-General Sir Alexander Hood during his visit at the British Army on the Western Front.
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Lieutenant-General Sir Alexander Hood during his visit at the British Army on the Western Front.
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Lieutenant-General Sir Alexander Hood during his visit at the British Army on the Western Front.
Lieutenant-General Sir Alexander Hood during his visit at the British Army on the Western Front.
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Lieutenant-General Sir Alexander Hood during his visit at the British Army on the Western Front. Colonel G.K. Fulton, Colonel J.S.K. Boyd, Lieutenant-Colonel Campbell and Lieutenant-Colonel R.B. Myles sitting on the front row and listening to the discussion. Lieutenant-general Sir Alexander Hood, CBE, KCVO, FRCP, FRCSE (25 September 1888 – 11 September 1980) was the Director General of Army Medical Services and Governor of Bermuda. After spending one year as the house surgeon in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Hood joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. He served in France and Belgium during the First World War, and then in India and Afghanistan shortly afterwards.[2] He became a specialist in pathology, serving in Meerut and Bangalore and then as deputy assistant district pathologist for Madras region. Hood conducted research on cerebrospinal meningitis and pneumonic plague, and in 1929 he was appointed assistant district pathologist to Southern Command.[2] With the outbreak of the Second World War, Hood was given the rank of colonel and made deputy director of medical services, Palestine.[1] In 1941, he was promoted over several more senior figures to become Lieutenant-General Director General Army Medical Services.[3] As DGAMS, Hood was credited with supporting developments in Army Psychiatry, helping to provide forward surgery and reorganise field medical units, and organising a blood transfusion service.[4][3] By August, he was also honorary physician to George VI.[1] He served for far longer as DGAMS than was usual.[1] He also decreed that medical research conducted on soldiers should be solely for the purpose of preventing and curing disease and allaying injury.[2] Hood had hoped to become the first head of a combined medical service for Navy, Army and Air Force, but this did not happen. Holland: Army medical chiefs confer. The Director-General Army Medical Services Lieutenant-General Sir Alexander Hood, K.C.B., C.B.E., F.R.C.P., M.D., K.H.P., has visited the British Army on the Western Front. During his visit he held a consultation with the leafing Medical Advisers to 21 Army Group, and heard their suggestions for making improvements in the Medical Services to 21st Army Group. In January 1941 the British Army began planning for operations in Greece. Fairley and his British colleague, Colonel J. S. K. Boyd, the consulting pathologist, drafted a medical appreciation. Drawing on the experience of the Salonika front in the First World War, where very heavy casualties suffered from malaria, plus Fairley's more recent experience in that part of the world, they painted a gloomy picture, emphasising the grave risks, and going so far as to suggest that the Germans might attempt to entice the allies into a summer campaign in which they could be destroyed by malaria. The British Commander-in-Chief, General Sir Archibald Wavell decried their report as "typical of a very non-medical and non-military spirit",[30] but a face-to-face meeting with Boyd and Fairley convinced Wavell that they were serious and not merely uncooperative, and Wavell promised his assistance in mitigating the danger. The campaign plan was altered to position allied forces further south, away from the plains of Macedonia and the Vardar and Struma River basins, where malaria was hyper-endemic and heavy casualties had been suffered from malaria by British troops during the First World War.

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