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An Equal Burden: The Men of the Royal Army Medical Corps in the First World War

Jessica Meyer


An Equal Burden forms the first scholarly study of the Army Medical Services in the First World War to focus on the roles and experiences of the men of the ranks of the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). These men, through their work as stretcher-bearers and orderlies, provided a range of labour, both physical and emotional, in aid of the sick and wounded. They were not professional medical caregivers, yet were called upon to provide medical care, however rudimentary; they served in uniform, under military discipline, yet were forbidden, as non-combatants, from carrying weapons. Their service as ... More

Keywords: Royal Army Medical Corps, First World War, masculinity, non-combatants, military medicine, caregiving, gender history, cultural representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198824169
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198824169.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Meyer, author
Associate Professor of Modern British History, University of Leeds