Wars, Pestilence and the Surgeon’s Blade: The Evolution of British Military Medicine and Surgery during the Nineteenth Century

Author(s) : HAYES Steven (eds.), SCOTLAND Thomas
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Wars in the 19th Century were accompanied by a very heavy loss of life from infectious diseases. Typhus fever, dysentery, malaria, typhoid fever and yellow fever caused many more deaths than wounds inflicted by enemy actions. During the Peninsular War, for example, for every soldier dying of a wound, four succumbed to disease. This book examines sthe development and evolution of surgical practice against this overwhelming risk of death due to disease. It reviews three major conflicts during this time: the Peninsular War, the Crimean War and the Boer War and also considers many minor wars fought by the British Empire in the intervening years, and highlights significant medical and surgical developments during these conflicts.

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Solihull: Helion and Company
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