the project is on going progress often very slow is being made. All the usual constraints apply as they do to projects undertaken by anyone else, time, money access etc. if you have copies of war diaries please email me off list. if you have spare copies of other books or materials I have a good home for them. ANY other information as to sources etc is also welcome.
How Successful Were The World’s First M.A.S.Hs? The treatment of the wounded during the the Palestine campaign 1917-1918.
Allenby’s Military Medicine, Life and death in World War 1 Palestine, by Eran Dolev.
Tells the story of the unique medical problems of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force’s Medical within the context of the military campaign
Surgeon, Scientist, Soldier: The Life and Times of Henry Wade,by D.J. Gardner.
Biography of Henry Wade the inventor of the surgical car.
However scholars in this field have yet to address the relative success of the different styles of treatment. Did the forward operating units save more lives? Was treatment better? How did the performance of the Surgical Car compare with the Australian Units. Was it Henry Wade and or his car that was the more successful? Did medical and surgical intervention on the battlefield save more lives that the evacuation of the wounded to better equipped base hospitals.
The project has a modern dimension with the wars in the middle east. Is it better to take small surgical units to the wounded, or to take the wounded to large surgical units? the Americans fly their wounded in smallish helicopters to base hospitals while the British use relatively large Chinook helicopters in which some form of treatment is presumably possible.
Literature Review Not inclusive and will be added to.
Healers, Helpers and Hospitals, A History of Military Medicine in the Anglo-Boer Wars, by J.C. (Kay) De Villiers. Does what it says on the tin. Henry Wade served in the Boer Wars. This is where his ideas for the treatment of wounded originate. De Villiers is one if not the leading expert on military medicine in the Boer War. Background reading for the project.
Palestine and World War 1, Grand Strategy, Military Tactics and Culture in War. Edited by E. Dolev and others.
http://www.1914-1918.net/wounded.htm The Treatment of British Wounded. Basic overview mostly to do with the Western Front. There were differences in the treatment of wounded, these were due to climatic and historical differences in the type of battlefield. European battlefields were on contaminated land. If a wound was left open gangrene was liable to set in. in desert conditions, or in areas where farming was rare or far less intensive, open gunshot wounds could heal quicker
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/41911/41911-h/41911-h.htm, The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Australian Army Medical Corps in Egypt, by James W. Barrett and Percival E. Deane,Title: The Australian Army Medical Corps in Egypt. An Illustrated and Detailed Account of the Early Organisation and Work of the Australian Medical Units in Egypt in 1914-1915
Atlas of the Historical Geography of the Holy Land, George Adam Smith. 1916 edition of one of two books Allenby carried with him to Egypt. The other book was a copy of the King James 6th Bible.
http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/awm4/26/89/ Digitised records/War diaries/AWM4/Class 26
/AWM4 Subclass 26/89 – Desert Mounted Corps Operating Unit. This is the unit that received Wade’s surgical car
Medical (Campaign) Services Volume 1-4 (0fficial History of the Great War Based on Official documents)
Medical (Campaign) Services Statistics (0fficial History of the Great War Based on official documents)
Military operations Egypt and Palestine Vols 1-2 Official History of the Great War other Theatres.
Various articles published in the British Medical Journal in the inter war years
Budget and notes.
Various War diaries for various dates.
Example diaries are needed for the time Henry Wade was assisting both Casualty Clearing Stations 53, and 54 during the first battle of Gaza. For this brief period of time at least three diaries for CCSs are needed, 53, 54, and at least one other.
Australian war diaries are all on line
war diaries are also required for the time the surgical car was attached to Indian units.