Medicine and Victory: British Military Medicine in the Second World War

Paperback | July 15, 2008

byMark Harrison

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Medicine and Victory is the first comprehensive account of British military medicine in the Second World War since the publication of the official history in the early 1950s. Drawing on a wide range of official and non-official sources, the book examines medical work in all the main theatresof the war, from the front line to the base hospital. All aspects of medical work are covered, including the prevention of disease, and the disposal and treatment of casualties.Harrison argues that the medical services played a major role in the Allied victory enabling the British Army to keep a higher proportion of troops in the field than its opponents. Assuming no previous knowledge of either medical or military history, Medicine and Victory provides an accessibleintroduction to a vitally important, yet too often neglected aspect of the Second World War.

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Medicine and Victory is the first comprehensive account of British military medicine in the Second World War since the publication of the official history in the early 1950s. Drawing on a wide range of official and non-official sources, the book examines medical work in all the main theatresof the war, from the front line to the base h...

Mark Harrison is Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine and a Fellow at Green College at the University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:334 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.78 inPublished:July 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199541213

ISBN - 13:9780199541218

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. A Medical Service for a Modern Army?2. Medicine in Retreat 1940-23. The Western Desert 1940-34. North Africa, Sicily, and Italy5. Burma and North-East India6. Medicine Victorious: North-West Europe 1944-5ConclusionBibliography

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`Review from previous edition 'Harrison's writing about the fighting is gripping and the importance of medical developments is deftly interwoven with the wider campaigns. The book succeeds in throwing light, not just on the history of medicine during the Second World War, but also on the dualfocus of health and medicine - the rise of high tech medicine and the transformation of social medicine - during the immediate post war years.' 'Virginia Berridge, Twentieth Century British History