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Dorothy R. Best Collection

Dorothy Best
  • Creator: Best, Dorothy R. (1904 - 1998)

  • Collection Date: 1942 - 1945

  • Extent: 0.32 cubic feet (1 box)

Dorothy Best
by unknown photographer
black and white photograph, 4.5 x 2.75 inches, circa 1942-1945


Dorothy Rebecca Best received her BA from Hood College in 1927. After her graduation from the Johns Hopkins Hospital Training School for Nurses in 1930, she held the position of Assistant Night Supervisor in the Women's Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital. From 1933 to 1939 she served as the hospital's Assistant Supervisor and instructor in the Osler Medical Clinic. In 1939 she became an instructor in obstetrics and gynecology at the Yale School of Nursing and Assistant in Charge at the New Haven Hospital. During World War II, she was a member of the Army Nurse Corp with Johns Hopkins Hospital Base Hospital #118 stationed in New Guinea and Australia and held the rank of First Lieutenant. From 1953 to 1963 she was Director of Nursing Service at the Los Alamos Medical Center in New Mexico. In 1963 she became Chief Nurse of the Project HOPE mission in Trujillo, Peru.

Hopkins Affiliations

1927 - 1930 Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, student
1930 - 1939 Johns Hopkins Hospital
1942 - 1945 Johns Hopkins Hospital, Base Hospital Unit 118

Scope and Content

The Dorothy R. Best Collection consists of a scrapbook documenting her experience in Wolrd War II with the Johns Hopkins Base Hospital Unit

Policy on Access and Use

This collection may contain some restricted records. Materials pertaining to patients, students, employees, and human research subjects, as well as unprocessed collections and recent administrative records, carry restrictions on access. For more information about the policies and procedures for access, see Policy on Access and Use.

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