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[Perspectives] War’s carnage: wounds and weapons

War is hell. And during both World Wars, medical personnel were at the epicentre of its inferno. Although unarmed, they often found themselves in the killing zones, dealing with wounds immeasurably more severe than those they would have encountered in civilian life. Chaotic supply routes for medicine and equipment, as well as the tendency for hundreds of seriously wounded men to arrive at aid posts and hospitals at the same time, meant that even the most conscientious physicians might find their attempts to provide succour thwarted.