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Guthrie's War : a Surgeon of the Peninsula and Waterloo - CRUMPLIN MICHAEL

Guthrie's War

a Surgeon of the Peninsula and Waterloo

Hardcover Published: 30th April 2010
ISBN: 9781848842458
Number Of Pages: 256

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?The precepts laid down are the result of the experience acquired in the war in the Peninsula, from the first battle of Rolica in 1808, to the last in Belgium, of Waterloo in 1815?They have been the means of saving the lives, and of relieving, if not even of preventing, the miseries of thousands of our fellow creatures throughout the civilized world?. George Guthrie. George James Guthrie is one of the unsung heroes of the Peninsular War and Waterloo, and of British military medicine. He was a guiding light in surgery. He was not only a soldier?s surgeon and a hands on doctor; he also set a precedent by keeping records and statistics of cases. While the innovations in the medical services of the French Republic and Empire have been publicized, a military surgeon of the caliber of Guthrie has been largely ignored by students of the period ? until now. Michael Crumplin, in this comprehensive and graphic study of this remarkable doctor, follows him through his career in the field and recognizes his exceptional contribution to British military medicine and to Wellington?s army. AUTHOR: Michael Crumplin is a retired surgeon who has made a special study of medicine in the Republican and Napoleonic Wars for over 30 years. His historical research has resulted in two books: A Surgical Artist at War, a study of Sir Charles Bell?s illustrations of battle injuries from Corunna and Waterloo, and Men of Steel, a comprehensive account of military surgery in the Republican and Imperial French wars. He has lectured internationally, acted as an advisor for media programmes and films, including Master and Commander, and he is curator and archivist at the Royal College of Surgeons. SELLING POINTS: ? Graphic study of pioneering military surgeon of the Peninsular War ? A fascinating insight into the treatment of sickness and wounds in Wellington?s army ? Establishes George Guthrie as one of the great innovators and reformers of military surgery and medicine ? Based on extensive primary research and packed with vivid first-hand quotations ? Extraordinary insight into medicine and warfare in the early nineteenth century ILLUSTRATIONS 30 images *

An inspiring read for any surgeon. [The author] is clearly an expert on the period. Guthrie's contributions to understanding of military surgery are very well summarised at the end of the text. The accounts of surgery are numerous and brilliantly written. Highly recommended." JOURNAL OF LARYNGOLOGY & OTOLOGY

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
A Flying Startp. 7
Actions and Sojourn in Portugalp. 17
Striking outp. 33
'All the Fiends in Pandemonium' - Albuerap. 51
Bloody Siegesp. 68
Breakoutp. 90
Retreat, Lisbon and on to Santanderp. 107
Toulousep. 125
Peace and War - Waterloop. 139
Guthrie's Combat Legacy and Post-War Effortsp. 155
Notesp. 171
Bibliographyp. 183
Indexp. 187
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ISBN: 9781848842458
ISBN-10: 1848842457
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 30th April 2010
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48