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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2019 9:50 p.m. PST


"The Napoleonic Wars (1799 to 1815) brought great upheaval and turmoil to Europe, with as many as 2.5 million soldiers and 1 million civilians losing their lives. French military physicians, principally Dominique Jean-Larrey, made significant contributions to medicine, saving many lives and helping to develop modern medical practices for future generations.

The abominable conditions and casualties during campaigns in Egypt and Syria where one third of the French troops died in battle or illness, prompted Jean-Larrey to develop the modern system of triage. Triage is defined as "the assignment of degrees of urgency to wounds or illnesses to decide the order of treatment of a large number of patients or casualties."1 Regardless of rank and nationality, soldiers were categorized into one of three groups: dangerously wounded, less dangerously wounded, and slightly wounded.2 Jean-Larrey's concept was that "those dangerously wounded must be attended first, entirely without regard to rank or distinction, and those less severely wounded must wait until the gravely hurt have been operated and addressed."3 Similar categories are still seen in practice today, such as in the "Sort, Assess, Life-Saving interventions, Treatment and/or Transport (SALT)" method of triage in the US.4…"
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von Winterfeldt07 Nov 2019 6:19 a.m. PST

I wonder what kind of sources the author of that article did read ? The usual blurb which is best to be ignored.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2019 6:38 a.m. PST

His sources are listed at the end of the article.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2019 7:07 a.m. PST

Two excellent references for the period are:

-Napoleon's Doctors by Dr Martin Howard.

-Men of Steel: Surgery in the Napoleonic Wars by Michael Crumplin.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2019 12:12 p.m. PST

Thanks Kevin!…


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