Medical Services in the First World War

Medical Services in the First World War

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By (author) Dr. Susan Cohen

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  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 206mm x 8mm | 60g
  • Publication date: 18 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 0747813698
  • ISBN 13: 9780747813699
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some colour), colour maps
  • Sales rank: 877,109

Product description

The number of wounded in the First World War was unprecedented, and inadequate military planning presented the medical and voluntary community with huge and daunting challenges. Yet in the face of tremendous adversity both tackled their work with resourcefulness, courage and great humanity. This book is the illustrated story of those who risked their lives collecting casualties from the front line, of the various transport and treatment facilities at their disposal and of the eclectic mix of buildings in which the wounded were cared for at home, including many famous country houses. The vital part played by nurses, both in terms of essential medical duties and in boosting morale among the patients, is also examined, rounding off this perfect introduction to medical care in the First World War.

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Author information

i"?Susan Cohen is an historian with a wide interest in twentieth-century British social history and refugee studies. She has written and lectured widely on a variety of subjects. She has written The District Nurse, The Women's Institute, The Scouts and The Salvation Army for Shire.

Review quote

"Historian Cohen's "Medical Services" concentrates on (nongory) images of facilities, patients, and staff. The brief but detailed work will be great for reports (the quality indexes help in this regard); a comprehensive introduction and four to eight chapters...comprise a useful overview, and those who want to explore further will appreciate the further-reading and places-to-visit lists. Attractive, informative, and approachable." --Henrietta Verma, "Library Journal"

Table of contents

Preparing for War / Mobilisation / Health, Welfare and Wounds / The Chain of Evacuation / Hospitals in France and Flanders / Transport / British Medical Service on the Eastern Front / Hospitals on the Home Front / Counting the Cost / Places to Visit / Further Reading / Glossary / Index