The Medical War: British Military Medicine In The First World War

Hardcover | November 28, 2010

byMark Harrison

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The Medical War describes the role of medicine in the British Army during the First World War. Mark Harrison argues that medicine played a vital part in the war, helping to sustain the morale of troops and their families, and reducing the wastage of manpower. Effective medical provisions werevital to the continuation of the war in all the major theatres, for both political and operational reasons.The Medical War is divided more or less evenly between an analysis of medicine on the Western Front and selected campaigns in other theatres of the war, principally Mesopotamia, Gallipoli, Salonika, East Africa, and the Middle East. It explores preventive medicine and casualty disposal andtreatment, attempting to view these not only from the perspective of medical personnel but also from that of commanders, patients, politicians, and the general public.In providing this wide-ranging geographical and thematic coverage of medicine, The Medical War is unique among books on medicine in the First World War. It also differs from existing work in considering the British Army's medical responsibilities for non-British troops and labourers, principallythose of the Indian Army and various colonial labour detachments.

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The Medical War describes the role of medicine in the British Army during the First World War. Mark Harrison argues that medicine played a vital part in the war, helping to sustain the morale of troops and their families, and reducing the wastage of manpower. Effective medical provisions werevital to the continuation of the war in all ...

Mark Harrison is Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at the University of Oxford. He is the author of many books and articles on the history of medicine, war and imperialism, and on the history of disease. He currently holds a fellowship at Green Templeton College and is a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.13 inPublished:November 28, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199575827

ISBN - 13:9780199575824

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Introduction1. Building the medical machine: the Western Front, 1914 - June 19162. The machine in motion: the Western Front, July 1916 - November 19183. War, health, and citizenship: preventive medicine on the Western Front4. Gallipoli: the failure of command5. 'Wonder and pain': Mesopotamia, November 1914 - May 19166. War against nature: malaria in Salonika, East Africa, and the Middle East7. Military medicine in transition: Mesopotamia, June 1916 - November 1918ConclusionBibliography