War and Military Medicine2Catherine Kelly, War and the Militarization of British Army Medicine, 1793-1830,  Pickering Chatto (Publishers) Ltd, United Kingdom (2011) ISBN 1848931832, 9781848931831

During the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, British doctors travelled in unprecedented numbers to foreign locations where they were confronted with battlefield injuries, virulent and mysterious diseases, and complex military politics that few had encountered before. Drawing on rare manuscript sources, Kelly examines how nearly twenty-five years of sustained warfare affected the professional identity embraced by those doctors and thoroughly militarized their approach to medicine. This study demonstrates the emergence of the `military medical officer’ and places their work within the broader context of changes to British medicine during the first half of the nineteenth century. Click here for more information




Flesh to SteelRichard A. Gabriel , Between Flesh and Steel: A History of Military Medicine from the Middle Ages to the War in Afghanistan, Potomac Books Inc. (2013) ISBN 978-1-61234-420-1

Military historian Richard A. Gabriel focuses on three key elements: the modifications in warfare and weapons whose increased killing power radically changed the medical challenges that battle surgeons faced in dealing with casualties, advancements in medical techniques that increased the effectiveness of military medical care, and changes that finally brought about the establishment of military medical care system in modern times. Others topics include the rise of the military surgeon, the invention of anesthesia, and the emergence of such critical disciplines as military psychiatry and bacteriology. Click here to preview