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War and medicine


Hippocrates is quoted as saying that ‘war is the only proper school for a surgeon’. Certainly, medical services have been associated with the military since the days of Ancient Greece. This relationship declined in the Middle Ages, but after a radical reorganisation of medicine during the 1700s the links between the two grew stronger with each passing year.

War and new jobs in medicine

There is much debate about how much influence war and medicine have had on each other. In some cases war moves medical practices and innovation forward, or refocuses research into specific conditions. Both orderlies and nurses were specialised roles that emerged and developed later…

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