Behind the Glories of War

Michael J. Aminoff

in Sir Charles Bell

Published on behalf of © Michael J. Aminoff

Published in print September 2016 | ISBN: 9780190614966
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190614997 | DOI:
Behind the Glories of War

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The Peninsular War (1807–1814), contemporary military medical services, the famous British retreat to Corunna and evacuation from Spain to England, and the care and treatment of the wounded are discussed. Bell volunteered his services at the Haslar Hospital, where many of the evacuated were treated. He made sketches and oil paintings of the wounded and published a dissertation on the treatment of gunshot wounds. He later volunteered to treat the wounded of the Battle of Waterloo (1815), and again he sketched the injured. The famous Corunna oil paintings, now at the museum of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, and the Waterloo paintings, at the Army Medical Services Museum in Aldershot, England, are a dramatic contrast to the usual images and portraits of the glories of war.

Chapter.  7744 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology ; History of Medicine ; History of Neuroscience

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