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3 crucial medical lessons learnt from World War One
 

3 crucial medical lessons learnt from World War One

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The First World War witnessed the death of over 17 million men across all sides, fighting for what they believed they had stood for. It brought a new forefront during that time, as people, previously dying from diseases and illnesses, now suffered from damaging wounds that the medical world had never seen before. The war was the cornerstone of the medical system in use today, in both military and civilian care, setting the path to more remarkable medical responses and innovations.
 
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3 Aug 2016 - General
 
With soldiers losing arms and legs either on the field or on the operating table they lose their sense of wholeness as well. I read up on WWI medical advancements and found the Siemens-Schuckert universal arm which was an appendage invented in Germany. It was a "glorified tool holder with interchangeable parts". So if you want to do wood work you attach a hammer or if you are going to eat you attach the appendage with cutlery. I am very interested in the history of the world wars so th...
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Yes that was a time where heavy artillery were used and trenches were dig. We missed out one of the most important advances - the Thomas splint - which is still used in war zones today. At the beginning of the conflict in 1914, 80% of soldiers with broken thigh bones died. The use of the Thomas splint meant that, by 1916, 80% of soldiers suffering that injury survived.
But there were other significant advances, including more widespread use of treatments and vaccinations for deadly diseases ...
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World war one is the period when a significant of physical morbidity and mortality occurred due to on-going fighting. Soldiers and general public were prone to physical damage or injury due to the fighting, or due to diseases that were spread around due to on-going conflict or war. Hence, there were some great medical inventions occurred during that period of time, for supporting the needs, and to treat the injured soldiers. For example, the colt.s stretcher, blood transfusion for saving the li...
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