The story that Pierce and McIntyre relate to Sgt. Condon about Charles R. Drew (the black doctor who developed the process for preserving blood plasma) dying for lack of a blood transfusion because the hospital refused admit him since he was black is untrue. Although the story is told in several books, Dr. John Ford, one of the passengers in Dr. Drew's car, said that the injuries to Dr. Drew were such that a blood transfusion would have killed him faster. According to Dr Ford ""We all received the very best of care. The doctors started treating us immediately. I can truthfully say that no efforts were spared in the treatment of Dr. Drew, and, contrary to popular myth, the fact that he was a Negro did not in any way limit the care that was given to him." See more »
Hawkeye and Trapper tell a racist white patient that Dr. Charles Drew, who invented the process to store blood, bled to death after a car crash because he was black and a "whites only" hospital refused to admit him. While Dr. Drew did in fact invent a way to store blood, and died in a car crash, the story surrounding the "whites only" hospital is not true according to his biography. See more »
Vignettes of what happens in the compound are what Hawkeye's letters to his dad are all about. In this one we have several unrelated incidents. First of all, a huge grenade is seen in the body of a patient (could this really happen?). Hawkeye must surgically remove it, facing the possibility that it may explode. Another patient tells Hawkeye that the blood he is about to receive must be "white" blood (since Ginger, who is black, is standing nearby). The boys decide to darken his skin while he sleeps so he can face what it would be like to be mistreated because of his color. Henry receives a movie from his wife. It is a birthday party for his little girl. There is also some pretty funny stuff with Henry and his neighbors at a gathering. There is also a hilarious staff meeting. Why Hawkeye and Trapper are on the staff but not the other ranking officers, I don't know. I realize that they are stars, but it seems a bit odd. I guess if we want to compare it with Star Trek (in any of its incarnations) it was always the same five or six people that made all the decisions). Just saying.
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