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War Surgery, 1914-18

Last updated: 12 July 2012

Tom Scotland and Steve Heys

25 October 2012, 12.30pm

The Great War was a human tragedy associated with devastating wounds from high explosive and shrapnel on an unprecedented scale. Existing surgical knowledge was inadequate and innovative surgical thinking was needed.

Aberdeen surgeon Sir Henry Gray was a recognised military orthopaedic authority, and was responsible for many improvements in the care of the wounded in casualty clearing stations and base hospitals in France. His major contribution to war surgery will be highlighted in this talk.

Tom Scotland is a retired orthopaedic surgeon from Aberdeen who has a passion for the history of the Great War and, with Professor Steve Heys, is co-editor of a book entitled 'War Surgery 1914-18'.

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