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A Surgeon in Khaki: Through France and Flanders in World War I
Considered by critics to be an accurate portrayal of frontline medical conditions, A Surgeon in Khaki is New Zealand surgeon Arthur Anderson Martin’s account of his experiences in 1914, early in World War I. Already a well-respected and widely traveled surgeon when war broke out, Martin joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. Under Field Marshal Sir John French, he served at ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Bison Books
(first published January 28th 2009)
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Dec 02, 2013 Beth Cato rated it it was amazing
This highly-readable account of life in World War I was a fascinating and fast read for me. Martin doesn't simply describe campaigns and politics. He's in the trenches. He's one of the men, and he's a highly frustrated one at that. He's appalled at how ill-prepared Britain was as it entered the war and how botched things were even months later. Doctors had to operate under terrible conditions, but the ignorance of the supply system made it far worse: a total lack of automobile ambulances (until ...more
Some of the information is rather interesting, but a lot is a simple account of day to day general activities and unfortunately there is little recounted of actual cases and work. It is however an excellent example of the upper middle-class mindset at the time.