Kreiser, Christine M.
November 2005
Military History;Nov2005, Vol. 22 Issue 8, p30
This article describes developments in the field of military medical care. Modern military medical practice owes much to Napoleon Bonaparte's chief surgeon, Dominique Jean Larrey. Larrey's greatest contribution was the flying ambulance--a horse-drawn wagon that evacuated wounded from the battlefield, so that they could be tended to farther behind the lines. His use of triage--treating the wounded according to the severity of their injuries instead of by rank was considered quite radical at the time; today it is standard operating procedure.


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