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Medicine Through Time – The British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-18

1. Medicine in the Trenches

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Lecture

In this module, we look at how soldiers were cared for day-to-day in the trenches. We have a look at who was responsible for medical care, what sorts of medical problems men faced, and what measures were instituted to prevent these. Crucial to all this was hygiene - the task of keeping men and their quarters as clean as possible.

Course

In this course, Dr Jessica Meyer (University of Leeds) takes us on a journey through the chain of medical evacuation during World War I. We start by looking at how soldiers were cared for day-to-day in the trenches. We then look at first response and first aid in ‘no man’s land’ and the trenches. After this, we’ll examine the field ambulance in closer detail. We’ll then see how overseas medical care worked during the First World War, taking a closer look at medical transport from the stretcher-bearers to the hospital train. In the final module, we look at military and convalescent hospitals back in Britain.

Lecturer

Dr Jessica Meyer is Associate Professor of Modern British History at the University of Leeds. Her research interests lie at the intersection of the histories gender, particularly masculinity, medicine and warfare. She has written widely on the histories of war, disability, popular fiction and military medical service; including her books Men of War: Masculinity and the First World War in Britain and An Equal Burden: The Men of the Royal Army Medical Corps in the First World War.

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Meyer, J. (2021, September 22). Medicine Through Time – The British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-18 - Medicine in the Trenches [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/medicine-throigh-time/medicine-in-the-trenches

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Meyer, Jessica. "Medicine Through Time – The British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-18 – Medicine in the Trenches." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 22 Sep 2021, https://massolit.io/courses/medicine-throigh-time/medicine-in-the-trenches

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