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Expertise, Authority and Control
The Australian Army Medical Corps in the First World War

Part of Australian Army History Series

  • Date Published: February 2020
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108478151

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  • Expertise, Authority and Control charts the development of Australian military medicine in the First World War in the first major study of the Australian Army Medical Corp in over seventy years. It examines the provision of medical care to Australian soldiers during the Dardanelles campaign and explores the imperial and medical-military hierarchies that were blended and challenged during the campaign. By the end of 1918, the AAMC was a radically different organisation. Using army orders, unit war diaries and memoranda written to disseminate information within the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) and between British and Australian soldiers, it maps the provision of medical care through casualty clearance and evacuation, rehabilitation, and the prevention and treatment of venereal disease. In doing so, she reassesses Australian military medicine and maps the transition to an infrastructure for the AIF in the field, especially in response to conflicts with traditional imperial, military and medical hierarchies.

    • The first major study of the Australian Army Medical Corp in over seventy years
    • Takes an exhaustive approach, mapping the provision of medical care through casualty clearance and evacuation, rehabilitation and the prevention and treatment of venereal disease
    • Reassesses Australian military medicine and maps the transition to an infrastructure for the AIF in the field, especially in response to conflicts with traditional imperial, military and medical hierarchies
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    • Date Published: February 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108478151
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. More than just a man and his donkey
    1. Gallipoli: a case of criminal negligence
    2. Medicine in the lines: stationary warfare on the Western Front, 1916–1917
    3. The Western Front in 1918: the AAMC in mobile warfare
    4. A pleasant dose of medicine? The purpose, place and practice of auxiliary hospitals
    5. The most difficult problem: preventing and treating venereal disease
    Conclusion. Developing an Australian medical service.

  • Author

    Alexia Moncrieff, University of Leeds
    Dr Alexia Moncrieff is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of History at the University of Leeds.

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