Doctors in the Great War by Ian R. Whitehead

By Ian R. Whitehead

This publication examines the position of the health practitioner in struggle, on the subject of the Western entrance 1914-1918. It examines the method that used to be built for recruiting scientific officials, highlighting the tensions among civil and army wishes, and the BMA's selection to guard the pursuits of the occupation. Separate chapters care for the location of scientific scholars and the contribution of ladies medical professionals. The ebook seems on the education of medical professionals for warfare, and the variations that existed among army and civilian drugs. The Army's usage of medical professionals is classified within the context of up to date accusations that its association was once wasteful and unaware of the necessities of clinical technology. those concerns are addressed via a dialogue of evacuation strategies, the advance of wound treatment and the supply for fighting and treating the ailments of conflict.

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48 Although lack of interest in military service~~ had precluded any notion of ‘a nation in arms’, we should be careful not to downgrade the achievement of Haldane’s reforms. Considering the financial and recruiting restraints within which he worked,’~° he had probably created the best AMS that circumstances would allow. Of course, like the Army as a whole, its personnel were to prove insufficient for the task that was to befall it. Nevertheless, with the Regular RAMC nearly at full estab lishment, the problem of undermanning and all its consequent evils was, .

X, p. 131. ‘The Reorganisation of the Army Medical Service’, BMJ, 1902. (I), p. au. The Brodrick Report, p. 141. ‘The New Army Medical Warrant’, BMJ, 1902. (I), p. 788. ‘The Military Medical Service’, BMJ, 1902. (II), p. 145. ‘Pay of RAMC Officers in India’, BMJ, 1902. (II), p. 1975. ‘Pay of RAMC Officers in India’, BMJ, 1902. (II), p. 1975. ‘The Medical Service of the Army’, BMJ, 1903 (I), p. 0. Spiers, Army and Society, p. asa. Ibid, p. 59. Correlli Barnett, Britain and Her Army 15 09—1970, Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 1970, p.

But whilst these units were in the early stages of organization, it was felt better to leave these doctors to continue in civil practice until a place had been prepared for them. ~~ It dismissed reports that whole-time Medical Officers attached to units had little to do. The explanation for such cases was that these units were in training, awaiting despatch to the front; such units obviously needed a Medical Officer who should find more than enough work to do organizing and supervising sanitation, inoculating the men, educating them in personal hygiene and generally overseeing their physical well-being.

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