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World War 1 Medicine
Let's take a look at an average trip to the doctor in WW1
Back in WW1 they didn't have things like the things we have now. They did not even have ambulances. To get their patents places they used a Motor Ambulance. There were about 318,000 patients during WW1. About 120,000 of them died. Many people came in with a head injury. Some people did not even make it before they even got to the Base Hospital. The hospital is very busy, people come in from battle when they have only been about for there about 24 hours. They did not have the cures for illnesses like we have now. If you got hit in the leg or the arm, they did not know what to do so, they cut it of. Diseases spread like rapid fire, they nurses never washed of their tools, if someone had an illness and he was treated with the instruments, if the next person used the same tools, he would proably get the disease too. About 400,00 of the people died form an illness. Doctors were very good at amputations, so they were nicknamed them "sawbones." About 25% of the soilders died in the process.
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