WWI Medicine/Injury Treatment

WWI Medicine/Injury Treatment

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  • Sir, you got 3 shots in the legs...
  • As well as an infected wound on your back...
  • And your arms no longer function due to an explosion...
  • So we'll give you a benadryl and send you on your way! :)
  • In WWI, they used a variety of medicines for infections and ways of treating injuries. Methods of delivery to a base hospital included: Stretcher Bearers, Regimental Aid Post (medics already there), Motor Ambulance, Casualty Clearing Station, and a Hospital Train. Sometimes, it was possible to get a soldier from the battlefield to the hospital within 24 hours. The hospitals were terrible places, though, often set up in homes or barns and quickly got filled with disease and death. The most common surgery doctors performed was amputation, as it was the easiest way to treat a wound since there wasn't Penicillin or other common medicines. The most common form of anesthesia was chloroform or ether. 400,000 of the 620,000 soldiers who died in WWI died from disease and not from fighting
  • Facts: Trench foot affected 75,000+ British soldiers and was treated with whale oil. A method of healing wounds was to open it, clean it out, then just leave it open and let the body's natural healing process do the rest
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