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Larrey : surgeon to Napoleon's Imperial Guard

Author: Robert G Richardson
Publisher: London : Quiller Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Dominique Jean Larrey can rightly be said to have awakened the conscience of mankind to the inhumanity of war. Before him, casualties had simply been a nuisance on the battlefield, perhaps helped to the rear by comrades ... where they would be tended by camp-followers or occasionally by a surgeon -- but more likely, left where they fell. Larrey invented a 'flying' ambulance to rescue the wounded on the field, often  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: D J Larrey, baron; D J Larrey, baron; D J Larrey, baron; Dominique-Jean Larrey
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert G Richardson
ISBN: 9781899163601 1899163603
OCLC Number: 45901926
Notes: Originally published: London : Murray, 1974.
Description: x, 269 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: The shoemaker's son --
Le d?luge --
The Rhine --
Toulon return --
The flying ambulance --
Army of the Orient --
Shackled by unbreakable chains --
Exodus --
Alarms and excursions --
Homeward bound --
'Orders and degrees ... ' --
Austerlitz --
Jena --
The frozen waste of Eylau --
The 'liberation' of Spain --
Wagram: a view over the hill --
Interlude --
Moments of decision --
Borodino --
Moscow --
From Moscow to the Beresina --
The last days of the Grand Army --
The phoenix rises --
Saxony --
Surgeon to His Majesty --
A campaign of genius --
Et tu, Larrey? --
The hundred days --
The second restoration --
The last battle --
Vale.
Responsibility: Robert G. Richardson.

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"Dominique Jean Larrey can rightly be said to have awakened the conscience of mankind to the inhumanity of war. Before him, casualties had simply been a nuisance on the battlefield, perhaps helped to the rear by comrades ... where they would be tended by camp-followers or occasionally by a surgeon -- but more likely, left where they fell. Larrey invented a 'flying' ambulance to rescue the wounded on the field, often himself amputating and dressing injuries under fire. But he did more than invent a vehicle; he devised a complete system of casualty evacuation to base hospital which survives in principle to our own day. He ignored rank and insisted on treating casualties, including any captured enemy, in order of severity. Throughout his career, he was in conflict with the Administration to get the necessary essentials for the sick and wounded"--Jacket.

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