Medical Services and Warfare

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Hospital records, medical reports and first-hand accounts of the history of injury, treatment and disease on the front line.
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From the "Introduction" section of the resource itself as of 2020-02-10:

The content in Medical Services and Warfare has been selected in close collaboration with collection staff at participating libraries, archives and museums and specialist academic editorial board members in the fields of conflict and medical history. Attendance at focused conferences also played a large part in ensuring material is relevant and appropriate for students and scholars.

The resource tells the story of medical advances during warfare from the mid-nineteenth century to the outbreak of the influenza epidemic in 1918 and the discovery of penicillin in 1927. The wealth of documents cover multiple conflicts as well as interwar developments from a range of perspectives.

Material has been sourced from across the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada to enable comparisons on key areas of systematic reform, improvements to sanitation and the treatment of disease, rehabilitation, nursing care, surgical techniques and wound treatment.

You can use the basic keyword search box on all pages, but there is an advanced search function allowing multi-field searching of several indexed fields, with filters for date, conflict, type, theme and library/archive. You can also browse documents by title, theme and time, or browse the image gallery.

Laurier Library has provided access to this since August 2019.

Subjects covered:
  • Health Studies
  • History