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OCLC number
662576256
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Author
Moran, Heather L.,1974-
Title
Stretcher bearers and surgeons :Canadian front-line medicine during the First World War, 1914-1918.
Degree
Ph. D. -- University of Western Ontario, 2008
Publisher
Ottawa :Library and Archives Canada = Bibliothè€que et Archives Canada,[2009]
Description
3 microfiches
Notes
Includes bibliographical references.
Abstract
This thesis explores the medical treatment of Canadian battle casualties in the front lines during the First World War, from the work of the stretcher bearers who retrieved them from the battlefield to the more advanced surgical procedures undertaken at the casualty clearing stations. The work examines the problems that arose during battle conditions and the solutions that were implemented; it describes how the medical system was intended to function, how it functioned in practice, and the experiences of the men who provided the medical treatment. The evidence demonstrates that the Canadian Army Medical Corps was keen to learn and implement new ideas in both medicine and tactics throughout the war in an effort to save more soldiers' lives, and that these changes were made to improve the treatment of the soldiers, not as a result of pressure or decisions from the military hierarchy. The relevance of this project to the history of medicine is its contribution to our knowledge of the working conditions of medical practitioners and the state of emergency medicine during the First World War. In addition, this project is important to the understanding of advances in medicine during the Great War, through the processes by which progress in treatment was fostered through a combination of innovation, trial and error, and learning from experience. 'Keywords'. military medicine, First World War, Canadian Army Medical Corps, field ambulances, stretcher bearers, surgery, Canadian Expeditionary Force.
ISBN
9780494430774
049443077X
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