A History of the Army Medical Department

TitleA History of the Army Medical Department
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1974
AuthorsCantlie, Neil
Number of Volumes2
Number of Pages448
PublisherChurchill Livingstone
CityEdinburgh, UK

Abstract paraphrased from a review by K. E. Crowe published in Medical History, Volume 19, Issue 1 January 1975 pp. 98-99

A History of the Army Medical Department was written by a career British Army surgeon, Neil Cantlie (1892-1975) who served on the front lines of various wars including both World Wars I and II. In two volumes the work examines the relationship between medicine and the British Army for the period from 1642 to 1898. The books list a series of military campaigns illustrated by medical detail in the form of a narrative history using a variety of sources. No bibliography is provided, but references at the end of each chapter provide some information on the manuscript and printed material used as sources. There is a chapter on military medical writers at the end of Volume 2 along with a partial list of printed works up to 1888. Cantlie also lists some statistics on diseases widely endured by military members (such as malaria, typhus, and dysentery) and staff/patient ratios in military medical treatment locations. The volumes also include a variety of maps as illustrations.


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