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Medicine in First World War Europe Soldiers, Medics, Pacifists,9781472510020

Medicine in First World War Europe Soldiers, Medics, Pacifists

Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2/23/2017
Publisher(s): Bloomsbury Academic
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The casualty rates of the First World War were unprecedented: approximately 10 million combatants were wounded from Britain, France and Germany alone. In consequence, military-medical services expanded and the war ensured that medical professionals became firmly embedded within the armed services. In a situation of total war civilians on the home front came into more contact than before with medical professionals, and even pacifists played a significant medical role.

Medicine in First World War Europe re-visits the casualty clearing stations and the hospitals of the First World War, and tells the stories of those who were most directly involved: doctors, nurses, wounded men and their families. Fiona Reid explains how military medicine interacts with the concerns, the cultures and the behaviours of the civilian world, treating the history of wartime military medicine as an integral part of the wider social and cultural history of the First World War.

Author Biography

Fiona Reid is Deputy Head of Humanities at the University of Glamorgan. She is the author of Broken Men: Shell Shock, Treatment and Recovery (2011) and the co-editor of Women on the Move: Refugees, Migration and Exile (2010). She is currently working on responses to facial injury during the First World War.

Table of Contents

1. (Introduction): 'To become a surgeon, follow the army': War and Medicine in Modern Europe
2. 'Keeping a whole skin': Men and the Army Medical Services
3. Iconic Wounds: Gas, Shell shock, Broken Faces
4. Soldiers in Pain: Drugs, Heroes, Victims
5. 'We did not fight': Medical Pacifism in the Great War
6. Conclusion: Legacies and the Long View

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