• 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

A Heavy Reckoning

'A Heavy Reckoning' book cover
Join Dr Emily Mayhew as she examines the achievements and the failings of the medical profession during the war in Afghanistan.

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What has the war in Afghanistan taught us about survival, and life beyond survival, for Britain’s military casualties? What are the consequences of the campaign’s medical achievements - some of the most extraordinary made in our time - for those living today? And what are their implications for the future?

Using specially commissioned images of Field Hospital Camp Bastion and DMRC Headley Court, Dr Mayhew will describe these advancements and consider the reckonings yet to be made.

Dr Emily Mayhew is a military medical historian specialising in the study of severe casualty, its infliction, treatment and long-term outcomes in 20th- and 21st-century warfare. She is historian in residence in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London, working primarily with the researchers and staff of the Centre for Blast Injury Studies.

Emily is the author of the Wounded trilogy, which includes 'Wounded: The Long Journey Home from the Great War', 'The Guinea Pig Club: Archibald McIndoe and the RAF in World War Two', and finally 'A Heavy Reckoning: War, Medicine and Survival in Afghanistan and Beyond', on which this talk is based. 

Her most recent book, 'The Four Horsemen: War, Pestilence, Famine and Death, and the Hope of a New Age', was published by Riverrun in May of this year and looks at advances in science, technology and humanitarianism.

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