Professor Rob Kirby: Medical and Surgical Advances in the Great War
To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, Keele University will be hosting a programme of events to mark this commemoration this autumn.
To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, Keele University will be hosting a programme of events to mark this commemoration this autumn
Professor Robert Kirby, Professor of Clinical Education and Surgery at Keele University Medical school will be working with Major General Norman Kirby, OBE, late Director of Army Surgery to produce a talk about the medical aspects of the First World War. There are usually major medical and surgical advances during conflict. Between 1914 and 1918 these advances had to deal with new ways of fighting, a new intensity of conflict and new types of weapons, all on a scale never seen before. Gunshot wounds, blast injuries, and the management of large numbers of casualties all required changes in organisation, training and skills. The medical establishment (and also military and political leaders) needed to develop new techniques and different ways of working to deal with the large numbers of wounded and also to attempt to keep the troops in as healthy a state as possible in the trenches. The lessons learnt had benefits for population health, and improvements in medical and surgical treatment benefited civilians as well as the armed forces.
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- David Weatherall Lecture Theatre, Keele University
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- 01782 734340