Wounded traces the journey made by a casualty from the battlefield to a hospital in Britain. It is a story told through the testimony of those who cared for him - stretcher bearers and medical officers, surgeons and chaplains, orderlies and nurses - from the aid post in the trenches to the casualty clearing station and the ambulance train back to Blighty.
We feel the calloused hands of the stretcher-bearers; we see the bloody dressings and bandages; we smell the nauseating gangrene and, at London's stations, the gas clinging to the uniforms of the men arriving home. There are the unspeakable injuries: the officer with a hole in his torso so big the doctor can see the sky beyond him; a man with no legs holding a hymnbook for a man with no arms.
Together, the experiences in Wounded encapsulate what it was to fight, live, and die for four long years at the Western Front. The first comprehensive account of medical care at the Western Front, Wounded is an homage to the courageous and determined men and women who saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
©2013 Emily Mayhew (P)2013 Random House AudioGo
I enjoyed all of the book. The description of injuries are difficult to listen to but it puts into context exactly what everyone was going thorough. The individual stories shone a light on the lives o caring. En and women from all walks of life. Stretcher bearers, padres, nurses, doctors, surgeons, soldiers.
Personally I was willing various characters to get through the war unscathed , who had been so selfless in terms of what they gave to others. Also that even in the midst of all that horror individuals maintained their humanity.
You can understand where medicine learned new skills in reconstructive surgery which found its way in to the day to day medical treatments in hospitals today. Wars move medicine on particularly trauma medicine as we now know following conflicts in Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Would recommend to others.
I've read about and visited many of the areas and battle sites mentioned in Wounded , I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the narrative and putting places to names. Nigel Anthony is superb in his narration, I would not hesitate to buy and listen to him in the future
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