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Building the Medical Machine: the Western Front, 1914–June 1916

Mark Harrison

in The Medical War

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199575824
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595158 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575824.003.0002
Building the Medical Machine: the Western Front, 1914–June 1916

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This chapter examines casualty disposal (the evacuation and treatment of casualties) from the beginning of the war through to mid-1916. Beginning with an analysis of planning for a continental deployment, it moves on to show how these plans soon had to be abandoned once the war began. It shows how an enormous and complex medical machine was assembled in France and Belgium by examining arrangements for the sick and wounded from the front line to the base and to hospitals in Britain. The chapter also examines surgery and wound infection; relations between medical officers, nurses and patients; and medical care for the Indian army. Throughout, comparisons are made with medical procedures in the French and German armies.

Keywords: casualty disposal; deployment; French army; German army; hospitals; Indian army; nurses; Royal Army Medical Corps; surgery; wounds

Chapter.  23680 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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