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History of Burn Treatments: Making Patients as Comfortable as Possible

The need to threat burns in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was great. Women’s skirts would catch fire while cooking, or children’s clothing while playing too close to the fireplace or stove. An overturned kerosene or gas lamp would set a home or barn ablaze in minutes. During World War One, men also […]

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Treating Bone Fractures in the Early 20th Century

While a broken bone today can be a nuisance, in the early 20th century, it would be a serious, if not deadly, injury. People had known from ancient times to immobilize broken bones with a splint or a brace. Later, bone setters were used to move the bone into place before immobilization. The location of […]

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Surgery During World War One

During World War One, 19 million men were wounded, and an estimated 500,000 amputations were performed. As frightening as these numbers are, men who lived long enough to receive medical attention had a relatively high survival rate. This success was due in part to modern innovations such as antiseptics. Other medical tools included: Anesthesia Since […]

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Blood Transfusion Saved Lives During World War One

If war does have a silver lining, it’s the medical advances which come as a result. One of these advances is the blood transfusion. Blood transfusion was nothing new in 1914. Doctors had experimented with it since the 1600s. These early transfusions were from person to person, and sometimes didn’t work. Doctors weren’t sure why […]

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Automobile: From Obscure Invention to War Tool

Contrary to popular belief, the automobile has been around for more than a century. The vehicles just didn’t become practical until about 100 years ago. The first automobile was developed in the 18th century and was steam powered. In the 19th century, the first hydrogen-powered car was invented and the first electric one was developed. The […]

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Canadian Army Medical Corps: Working Dangerously Close to the Front Line

The Canadian Army Nursing Corps was part of the Canadian Army Medical Corps (CAMC). It was founded in 1904 and its members served during World War One in France, Belgium and around the Mediterranean. By the time Armistice was declared in 1918, 21,453 nurses, physicians, dentists, ambulance drivers, stretcher bearers and orderlies had served. Of […]

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Shell Shock Afflicted Healthy Men: PTSD During WW1

Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) was not a diagnosis during World War One, and psychiatry was a relatively new medical discipline. No one knew how intense stress affects the mind.  Not long after the war began, a new disease — first coined shell shock in 1915 but not in common use until later — began showing up […]

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