Gallipoli: The Medical War : the Australian Army Medical Services in the Dardanelles Campaign of 1915

Gallipoli: The Medical War : the Australian Army Medical Services in the Dardanelles Campaign of 1915

Gallipoli: The Medical War : the Australian Army Medical Services in the Dardanelles Campaign of 1915

Gallipoli: The Medical War : the Australian Army Medical Services in the Dardanelles Campaign of 1915

Synopsis

Analysis of the medical aspects of the Gallipoli campaign, with emphasis on the day-to-day reality of war for soldiers who suffered and died in appalling conditions directly attributable to medical maladministration. Includes maps, diagrams, tables, appendices, and chapter notes. The extensive bibliography cites numerous unpublished sources in addition to published references. Indexed.

Excerpt

The outstanding features of the Dardanelles campaign were the comparative shortness of its duration, the intensity of the struggle in a confined area, and the exceptionally large numbers of battle and non-battle casualties.

While much will be said in Gallipoli: the Medical War about the less savoury and glamorous side of the Anzacs' exploits, and while there was no lack of scandal, gross incompetence, appalling hygiene, high casualty figures and the like, the focus in the introduction is less controversial. This chapter will provide the reader with an appreciation of what went wrong (and just how badly) with the Australian medical services at Gallipoli. Before proceeding however, the opportunity should be taken to obtain a basic grasp of both the structure of the Australian Army Medical Corps (AAMC) and the improvised nature of many of the preparations for the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

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