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Published: 02 October 2014

400 Pages | 51 black and white illustrations


ISBN: 9780199698264

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The Politics of Wounds

Military Patients and Medical Power in the First World War

Ana Carden-Coyne

  • Brings a cultural approach to the history of military medicine in WW1, offering greater insight into the social and cultural dynamics underpinning medical and military institutions
  • Addresses new themes, such as intimacy, sexuality, and romance in the healing atmosphere of the military hospital
  • Approaches the often neglected issue of war surgery, and its impact on patient and practitioner relations
  • Highlights both military discipline and resistance to disciplinary regimes, enabling greater understanding of personal agency rather than typecasting the wounded as victims
  • Uses a wide range of new sources such as patient cartoons and poems, and writings by wounded and disabled men