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The Medical War: British Military Medicine in the First World War

Mark Harrison


During the First World War, Great Britain invested a great deal in its medical services, and in most theatres of the war they were considered vital to military efficiency. It was at that point widely recognized that medicine improved manpower economy and morale. Medicine was also important in sustaining public support for war and civilians contributed to the medical welfare of soldiers either directly, as volunteers, or indirectly as donors. Medical themes figured prominently in propaganda, too, and in uniting Britain with its imperial territories. But the centrality of medicine to war in 1914 ... More

Keywords: casualty, command, economy, efficiency, imperial, manpower, medicine, morale, propaganda, war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199575824
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575824.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Harrison, author
Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford
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