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    Posted: 28 May 2014 at 04:01
Hello everyone!

For my masters in the History of Medicine I am currently doing research on the rehabilitation institutions during and after the First World War in Scotland. As there are so many people with personal stories or an enormous amount of knowledge, I am hoping for some input or tips! 

I am especially looking for homes and institutions that were the result of charity, because I am interested in how and why these homes were set up, by whom, and what that meant for the character of the organization. I thus have to make a division between military run hospitals (by the RAMCA, mainly during the war, focusing on servicemen that could return) and voluntary homes (run by individuals or organisations, often charitable institutions, and focused on discharged servicemen). However, information about both is very welcome! 

At the moment I am compiling a list of hospitals and other medical services in Scotland. This is very difficult as most of these were military run hospitals. So far, I have only found a couple of voluntary or charitable institutions (of some I am not sure exactly what they were - further research is needed):

- The Princess Louise Scottish Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers, Erskine House (now Erskine Hospital) (this is a difficult one, as it was a hospital, though focusing on ex-servicemen)
- Fort Augustus Abbey, near Loch Ness
- Manderston House, Edinburgh
- The Scottish National Institution for Blinded Sailors and Soldiers (even though I can't seem to find any history, so I don't know the foundation date - I have contacted the organisation)
- The Lord Roberts Memorial Workshops for Disabled Soldiers and Sailors (also The Incorporated Soldiers and Sailors Help Society?)
- Soldiers', Sailors' and Airmen's Home, Inverness
- Royal Soldiers' Home, Colinton Road, Edinburgh 
- Royal British Legion Scotland
- Barry Soldiers' Home, Glasgow
- Craiglockheart Hospital
- YMCA Scotland
- Royal British Legion Scotland

I am also looking at experiences of patients and staff in these institutions, especially on the treatments and internal organisation rules. 

I sincerely hope for input/tips/information; everything is extremely welcome and would help me a great deal! 

Thank you for reading!
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