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Salud! British Volunteers in the Republican Medical Service During the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 by Linda Palfreeman
  

Salud! British Volunteers in the Republican Medical Service During the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

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Salud! British Volunteers in the Republican Medical Service During the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 by Linda Palfreeman

Salud! reviews the enormously valuable contribution of the volunteers who left Britain to serve with the Republican Medical Services during the Spanish Civil War. Acknowledgement is given to the immense effort and self-sacrifice made by men and women from all walks of life who, working ceaselessly in the rearguard, made it possible for the medical teams to function in Spain. Such was the case in Britain where, in spite of the government's official policy of non-intervention, there was a campaign of fervent support for the legitimate Republican government. The first British Medical Unit in Spain had immense political significance for the Spanish Republic. Barely a month into the start of the civil war and this small group was the first visible sign of international support. It would later become part of the Republican Medical Service and, within that, of the Medical Service of the International Brigades. Not only did volunteers help to create and to maintain an emergency medical service, some of the individuals involved were also responsible for important developments that were of relevance to later military-medical practice and also to the history of medicine in general. Medical personnel generally worked in dreadful conditions, for hours and even days without rest, and with a lack of equipment and provisions of all kinds. They were mostly young and inexperienced men and women who suddenly found themselves thrown together in desperate circumstances, with the task of salvaging something of life amidst the inhumanity and mayhem. That they rose to the challenge is, in itself, worthy of tribute. Published in association with the Canada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish.

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Dr. Palfreeman provides a fascinating vision of the circumstances surrounding the creation and development of the Republican Medical Service itself. In doing so, she sheds light on the contribution made by the medical personnel of other nationalities, including the Spanish, alongside whom the British volunteers lived and worked. --Paul Preston, Series Editor, London School of Economics Dr. Palfreeman provides a fascinating vision of the circumstances surrounding the creation and development of the Republican Medical Service itself. In doing so, she sheds light on the contribution made by the medical personnel of other nationalities, including the Spanish, alongside whom the British volunteers lived and worked. Paul Preston, Series Editor, London School of Economics


About the Author

Linda Palfreeman is Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Cardenal Herrera, Elche, Spain. She has spent some years researching local aspects of the Spanish Civil War and of the International Brigades Medical Service. Her Salud! British Volunteers in the Republican Medical Service during the Spanish Civil War, 19361939, published in 2012, was a response to the lack of accessible literature on what was surely one of the most important aspects of the conflict health care and medical assistance during wartime.

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Publication date

30th January 2012

Author

Linda Palfreeman

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Publisher

Sussex Academic Press

Format

Hardback
296 pages

Categories

Spanish Civil War
European history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
Warfare & defence

ISBN

9781845195014

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