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

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Preface and Acknowledgement

To those who have heard of this story, be it under the guise of 'the Anzacs', 'Gallipoli' or 'the Dardanelles campaign', images of great sacrifice, incompetence, and wasted lives immediately spring to mind. With the passage of time myths have been created and nurtured, heroes and villains identified and the annual remembrance of fallen soldiers observed. The many official and other histories, memoirs and scholarly articles would lead us to believe that the last scrap of historical significance has been extracted from this episode of Australian history.

In addition to the unsurpassed books of the official Australian war historian C.E.W. Bean, the only other work of note in this field is The Official History of the Australian Army Medical Services 1914-18 (referred to hereafter as the Official History). This was a three-part work written between 1922 and 1943 by Colonel A.G. Butler. It was written to record the problems met with by the medical services of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and therefore to serve as a training guide for future generations of medical officers.

In terms of Imperial history a twelve-volume official history of the British medical services was written, but it gave scant

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface and Acknowledgement ix
  • Chapter One - Introduction 1
  • Chapter Two - Gallipoli-- on the Attack 12
  • Chapter Three - Treatment of Sick and Wounded 51
  • Chapter Four - Transport of the Wounded 74
  • Chapter Five - Disease 109
  • Chapter Six - Other Causes of Concern for the Aamc 125
  • Chapter Seven - Politics and Rivalries 162
  • Chapter Eight - Conclusions --Post Mortem 190
  • Appendices 200
  • Bibliography - Unpublished Sources: 230
  • Notes 241
  • Index 264
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