Wounded From Battlefield to Blighty, 1914-1918

by Emily Mayhew

History

Wounded From Battlefield to Blighty, 1914-1918 Synopsis

Wounded traces the journey made by a casualty from the battlefield to a hospital in Britain. It is a story told through the testimony of those who cared for him - stretcher bearers and medical officers, surgeons and chaplains, orderlies and nurses - from the aid post in the trenches to the casualty clearing station and the ambulance train back to Blighty. We feel the calloused hands of the stretcher-bearers; we see the bloody dressings and bandages; we smell the nauseating gangrene and, at London's stations, the gas clinging to the uniforms of the men arriving home. There are the unspeakable injuries: the officer with a hole in his torso so big the doctor can see the sky beyond him; a man with no legs holding a hymnbook for a man with no arms. Together, the experiences in Wounded encapsulate what it was to fight, live and die for four long years at the Western Front. The first comprehensive account of medical care at the Western Front, Wounded is a homage to the courageous and determined men and women who saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

Wounded From Battlefield to Blighty, 1914-1918 Press Reviews

This is a fascinating book, stuffed and thorough, full of information and details -- Louisa Young The Times

Mayhew gives a personal look at the horrors and the way that treatment of the wounded was adapted to a new war- The Connexion

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ISBN: 9781847922618
Publication date: 12/09/2013
Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9781847922618
Publication date: 12th September 2013
Author: Emily Mayhew
Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback
Genres: History,
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About Emily Mayhew

Emily Mayhew is a Research Associate at Imperial College and an Examiner at the Imperial College School of Medicine. She is also a consultant and lecturer to various museums including the Wellcome Collection, the Imperial War Museum and the Royal College of Surgeons. Her first book, The Reconstruction of Warriors, was published in 2004.

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