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War Medicine and Surgery
War Medicine and Surgery

A century separates the Napoleonic Wars from the First World War; two moments in history that each gave rise to remarkable advances in battlefield medicine and surgery. 1814: Imperial Surgeon-in-Chief, Dominique Larrey, was responsible for the development of "flying ambulances", and cared for the wounded in the thick of battle. 1914: faced with the ferocity and magnitude of the Great War, medical practitioners enhanced and adapted these methods. From the field hospitals at the front, to the evacuation of the wounded and their care behind the lines, war medicine and surgery helped repair and rebuild thousands of shattered bodies, scorched lungs and traumatised minds.
Blérancourt, musée franco-américain du château de Blérancourt
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