The Importance Of Medical Advancements During World War I

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Many medical advancements were made during the first and second World Wars, including trauma, patient care, prevention of infection, and post-war care. It is said that World War I was a good war for medicine because numerous medical and clinical advancements were made during the 4 year span. A majority of these discoveries can be credited to the damages left by new artillery and guns that were capable of obliterating flesh and bone (Clarke). These new guns could fire accurately up to 10 miles away. They also gave off shrapnel, or pieces of scrap metal that housed the ammunition, which could also cause injury (Ellis and Elser). Medicine had never seen trauma to this extent before, causing a reform of all medicinal practice. Perhaps the …show more content…
This was the first effective sulphonamide that could be used to treat numerous infections such as sore throats, pneumonia, and gonorrhea. The medicine was required in large quantities for war usage. This was the first time since World War One that medicinal production was necessary for the battlefield (Trueman). Also at this time, Penicillin was discovered by Sir Alexander Flemming, which was so effective that it forced companies to produce it on an industrial scale. Howard Florey and Ernst Chain are credited with the industrialization of Penicillin for battle use. Penicillin was researched so much in its industrialization period that several strands were developed. The 1945 production of Penicillin was about 20 times stronger than the 1939 version. The Allied Forces benefited greatly from the mass production of Penicillin. The first mass use of Penicillin was D-Day and was found to be very effective on gangrene …show more content…
They then realized that it was realized that those needing medical attention should be treated and stop the bleeding before transport. During World War One, it was found that first responders were needed closer to the action of the battle field. First responders made sure that the soldiers ate properly and were hydrated. Each first responder carried trauma and emergency medical supplies at all times. The kit they carried was much different than the one that was used in World War Two. First responders were often bullied by the soldiers because they were considered bad luck to have around, despite being one of the greatest legacies of the war

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