Medicine and the Egyptian Campaign: The Development of the Military Medical Officer during the Napoleonic Wars c.1798-1801

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Abstract

his article investigates how French and British army medical officers in Egypt at the turn of the 19th century were affected by campaign experiences. Their encounters with ophthalmia, plague, and other diseases influenced the practice of medicine in later campaigns and fostered the development of the idea amongst military practitioners that military diseases required specialised knowledge. Practitioners' campaign writings are used to demonstrate how British army doctors approached the investigation of the "new" diseases they encountered. In particular, the article focuses on how Dr. James McGrigor used the military system to control, direct, and disseminate the development of medical knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-342
Number of pages22
JournalCanadian Bulletin of Medical History
Volume27
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Structured keywords

  • LAW Centre for Health Law and Society

Keywords

  • Military Medicine
  • Napoleonic Wars
  • Ophthalmia
  • Plague

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