A discussion on medical services during the world war ii

The American Civil War was fought with mass armies, modern industrial technology, railroad transportation, and telegraphic communications. Neurasthenia used to be diagnosed when the most prominent symptom was nervous exhaustion, but during the war soon became an umbrella term covering all sorts of mental ailments originating in fear.

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German doctors, also military ones, voiced their concerns that the civilian health situation was worrying and should be prevented from deteriorating, if only because this would seriously harm home front support. At the fighting fronts, a Second World War casualty received specialist treatment more quickly than during the First World War.

War, they said, was not an enemy of medicine; it was its teacher.

Ww2 medicine facts

Local cottage hospitals staffed by general practitioners with varying levels of visiting consultant support. The author was Stephen Taylor, later Lord Taylor, and a lengthy and emotive correspondence followed which was summarised in the journal in a statesmanlike fashion by Lord Horder. Increasingly there was pressure for the publication of the survey. This left little time for to develop improvements in procedures or practices. The staff who had been evacuated had little to do. The White Paper on a National Health Service The preliminary results of the hospital surveys were already available to those drafting the White Paper on a future national health service and it was apparent that in many areas the hospital services were badly coordinated. Kritische Studien zur Geschichtswissenschaft Vol. It was agreed that the survey should be made public. According to some this should even be taken more broadly. But the profession appeared to accept not only the notion of a comprehensive health service in principle, but to foresee the nature of the changes which would have to come about. For example, it was only because they kept control of the railway system that the Allied medical line did not collapse during the German offensive of In certain ways this medical effort was successful.

In Britain alone base hospitals expanded from a 40,bed capacity at the end of toat the end of the war. Practitioners of military medicine had to try, as much as possible, to save the state from handing out war pensions, for otherwise they could cause the state to go bankrupt.

Underlying these different elements, however, there were some general trends that held true on both sides of the line. This research has resulted in a multitude of different, often national but sometimes comparative studies.

The Reed commission paved the way for the construction of the Panama Canal, overcoming the high rate of yellow fever among the workers in previous attempts to dig an Atlantic to Pacific canal.

Both armies depended heavily upon civilian physicians and makeshift facilities to care for their injured soldiers.

Surgery during ww2

Regional university centres providing both local district services and regional units for plastic surgery, thoracic surgery, radiotherapy and neurosurgery. In fact, the increase in premiums have largely outpaced the general inflation level ever since the s, and perhaps even earlier. Were medical ethics breached in the process of making medical breakthroughs? Q: The harm, of course, is not borne by the policy holders. Both armies depended heavily upon civilian physicians and makeshift facilities to care for their injured soldiers. But the most revolutionary change was in the approach to wound infections brought about by the use of sulfonamides and after of penicillin. Much research was still needed to find the best material for a particular purpose and to make sure that it would be acceptable to the body. Disfigured soldiers would no longer play a part in the war and would probably never play an economically important role in society. However, the psychologically diseased or wounded were another story entirely.

Sadly, the project was abandoned.

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