Lecturer: Elise Smith
Military medicine has traditionally been associated with advances in the treatment of wounds. However, the deployment of troops around the world in conflicts of varying size and character has meant that military medical personnel have long had to deal with a wide variety of afflictions, from tropical diseases, to venereal diseases, to psychological trauma. This session will examine the modernisation these practices, focusing on how the challenges of warfare, and the hierarchical nature of the armed forces, have shaped the character of military medicine since the eighteenth century.
- To what extent has military medicine been ‘good’ for civilian medicine?
- How (and why) did state provisions for disabled servicemen change between 1750 and 1950?
- How effectively did military medicine confront the challenges associated with either venereal diseases or PTSD in twentieth-century conflicts?
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