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Between flesh and steel : a history of military medicine from the Middle Ages to the war in Afghanistan / Richard A. Gabriel.

  • Gabriel, Richard A.
[2013], ©2013
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Over the last five centuries, the development of modern weapons and warfare has created an entirely new set of challenges for practitioners in the field of military medicine. Here is traced the historical development of military medicine from the Middle Ages to modern times. It focuses on three key elements: the modifications in warfare and weapons whose increased killing power radically changed the medical challenges that battle surgeons faced in dealing with casualties, advancements in medical techniques that increased the effectiveness of military medical care, and changes that finally brought about the establishment of military medical care system in modern times. Other topics include the rise of the military surgeon, the invention of anesthesia, and the emergence of such critical disciplines as military psychiatry and bacteriology.


Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, [2013], ©2013.

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ix, 301 pages ; 24 cm


1st ed.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


The emergence of modern warfare : 1453 to the twenty-first century -- The Renaissance and the rebirth of the empirical spirit -- The seventeenth century : gunpowder and slaughter -- The eighteenth century : the first effective military medical systems -- The nineteenth century : the age of amputation -- The twentieth century : the emergence of modern military medicine --The twenty-first century : unconventional warfare -- Some thoughts on war.



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  • 9781612344201
  • 1612344208