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War Surgeons

During the First World War the scale of the conflict and the conditions on the battlefields meant that surgeons were confronted with new challenges. It was virtually impossible for them not to be affected by the carnage around them. The number and severity of wounds was on a scale that nobody had ever seen before. Even surgeons, being familiar with operations, were not prepared for the terrible wounds that they were expected to treat. ‘War Surgeons' details how experience on the battlefield has led to major medical breakthroughs. From the advent of anaesthetic to the mastery of plastic surgery and developments in neuroscience, it asks the question of how the operating theatre can keep pace with the theatrics of war.