The Basics Of Modern Medicine In The First World War

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Medicine is an important part of the world we live in, but where did modern medicine come from? Over many years medicine got better, not instantly. The basics of modern medicine can subjectively be traced back to World War I. While World War I was not the first time medicine and medical treatments were used, it was a time of great and very important developments. Medicine change to fit the world that was changing around it. World War I’s weapons and previous methods of medical care made way for new medical advancements.
The weapons of the First World War gave way to the creation of new medical technologies. Before getting into the types of weapons used, first comes learning the tactics of the war. The idea of total war and trench warfare
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While trench warfare was also very dangerous, a mobile front was a little more dangerous than trench warfare because soldiers were out fighting on the front lines against the other army. Trench warfare was a little bit different. Trench warfare was the fighting from ditches protected by barbed wire. Men in the trenches were separated a thin strip of land known as “no man’s land.” This was known as no man’s land because any man caught there was shot on sight. These troops were stuck in deep trenches for months at a time in damp and smelly conditions with little to no movement at all. The military tactics were the basics of the war. The weapons used within these types of war made things a bit more complex. Rifles and pistols were the oldest traditional weapons used during World War I, as they were used in hundreds of years past. More destructive weapons were to come during this war. The world saw the introduction of the machine gun during World War I. This left multiple deep and complicated wounds in a patient at one time. These next weapons were more destructive and …show more content…
Medical units, such as the European Red Cross, were highly respected among all European military powers. Few incidents were ever reported of intentional firing on medics. This made it easier for medics to save people in need. During this period, medicine itself advanced with the introduction of better surgical techniques and utilization of sulpha drugs and penicillin. Though antibiotics were not yet created, doctors found a way to fight infections. The doctors and nurses used the process of debridement. This process involved cutting off the skin around the wound. Then carbolic lotion was used to clean the inside of the wound before it sealed up, and wrapped in gauze that was also soaked with the lotion. During the first years of the war, the US licenced the vaccination for typhoid and rabies. The US contributed this to the world because they were not yet involved in the war, like almost all the other developed countries in the world. A war surgeon by the name of Robert Jones created new techniques for dealing with broken or fractured bones. He reintroduced a new version of his uncle’s original splint design to completely immobilize the bones before moving the wounded off the battlefield. When he trained the stretcher-bearers, he trained them blindfolded so they would be ready for anything that they might come

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