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Before My Helpless Sight: Suffering, Dying and Military Medicine on the Western Front, 1914 1918

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"Despite the numerous vicious conflicts that scarred the twentieth century, the horrors of the Western Front continue to exercise a particularly strong hold on the modern imagination. The unprecedented scale and mechanization of the war changed forever the way suffering and dying were perceived and challenged notions of what the nations could reasonably expect of their mil ...more
Hardcover, 538 pages
Published February 28th 2009 by Routledge (first published 1999)
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Emily Brown
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, science
excellent book on the suffering of soldiers in the first world war. suffering may sound like an odd thing to research but the trenches, the technology and the first large war made for a terrible experience. words cannot describe this book, it is well worth reading and absolute amazing.
Jennifer
A brilliant essay about the life of soldiers and medical staff in the Western Front, covering topics such as the organisation of field hospitals, mental health, methods of burials, trauma..
Each chapter gives a great overview of the topic as well as some very appropriate details.
An essential read for anybody interested in the history of First World War.
Joseph Hirsch
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the best and most thorough piece of nonfiction I've encountered on the Great War. The book sets itself a straightforward goal of documenting the damage (physical and mental) caused by war, encompassing everything from field medicine, to shrapnel wounds, to shell-shock. It doesn't describe every battle, or every general, or even every weapon (except in the context of the kind of wounds they inflicted). But what the book does do, and does well (and also terribly) is allow the read ...more
Louis Verbrugghe
Eenzame klasse in de WOI-literatuur. In zijn compleetheid is het boek ongeëvenaard. De schrijver vertelt op heldere wijze het lijden en sterven in de Eerste Wereldoorlog. Werkelijk schokkend zijn de beschrijvingen van gasslachtoffers, je krijgt echt compassie met die jongens (zonder de andere verwondingen of manieren om te sterven te kort te willen doen, als dat al aan de orde is).
Ook het systeem van 'slachtoffers tellen' wierp een heel ander licht op de zaak dan ik tot nog toe aannam. Iemand di
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Ruben Coomans
Ik heb dingen bijgeleerd uit het boek, maar er waren veel passages die me niet echt konden boeien en ik heb dus ook veel overgeslagen. De schrijver gebruikt naar mijn mening ook te veel bronnen, waardoor alles te uitgebreid wordt. Op deze manier verveelt het boek snel. Ik denk wel dat het voor andere mensen zeer interessant kan zijn, maar voor mij viel het zoals gezegd wat tegen.
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