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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2020 10:45 p.m. PST

… and MASH

"When I was young, one of my favourite TV shows was M*A*S*H. Set in a US mobile hospital during the Korean War, the army doctors and nurses approached their work with wacky black humour. As the helicopter ambulances brought in the wounded to the tented Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) near the battlefront, they were triaged and patched up before being sent on to larger hospitals. This is a model for treating the wounded that was largely developed by a French surgeon, during the Napoleonic wars. He was Baron Dominique Jean Larrey, born 250 years ago today.

Larrey, who fought in most of Napoleon's campaigns, believed in rapid treatment of the wounded, and invented the first ambulance. These horse drawn "flying ambulances" could manoeuvre rapidly across the battlefield, picking up injured men and taking them to field hospitals just outside the battle zone. There the soldiers would be treated, and when stable, sent to hospitals behind the lines, often based in convents or monasteries…"
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