Preserving Dartmoor's Past. Looking after its future.
Treating The Wounded
In the second half of the 19th Century surgical medicine went through something of a revolution. In the 1840s Anaesthesia was in its infancy and post-operative infection common. By 1910 antiseptic operations were common and some hospitals were experimenting with aseptic surgical techniques.
In the early years of the 20th Century, Medical science was discovering how to treat infection and had developed effective methods for managing blood transfusions.
Military medicine had also improved since the days of Florence Nightingale in the 1840s, particularly with regard to early battlefield treatment and the creation of field hospitals.
For a more detailed explanation of the development of military medicine before 1914 and during the course of the war see the Science Museum “Brought to Life-Exploring the history of medicine web site.