By Eran Dolev, Louis Lillywhite
This ebook analyzes the clinical prone of the Egyptian Expeditionary strength less than the command of basic Allenby in the course of the Palestine Campaigns of 1917-18. It describes the struggle opposed to epidemic illness encouraged by means of normal Allenby's specified perspective in the direction of the health and wellbeing of the troops and to army medication and the advancements in military-medical association and surgical procedure at the battlefield in the course of those campaigns.
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Thus, soldiers suffered from dysentery, both bacillary and amoebic, infective jaundice, typhoid, and paratyphoid fever. During August and September 1915 as many as 78 percent of the troops were suffering from dysentery or other intestinal diseases. At the same time 64 percent suffered from septic sores, a secondary skin infection typical of people who were deprived of basic hygienic measures, suffered from malnutrition, or both. At an advanced stage of the campaign soldiers began indeed to suffer from deficiency diseases such as beri-beri and scurvy due to failure to supply the frontline soldiers with adequate food.
Surgeon General Ford left Egypt at that time to be succeeded as DMS EEF by Colonel John Maher. On 15 February 1916 General Murray sent to the Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS) his thoughts concerning the defence of the Canal Zone: […] the passive defence of the Canal was very wasteful of men and material […]. Strategically, therefore, the true base of the defensive zone of Egypt against invasion from the east is not the 80 or 90 miles of the Canal Zone, but the 45 miles between El Arish and El Kossaima.
Our hospitals should be completely isolated from the fighting camps. Forty bombs were dropped on a big hospital in Belah. indd 36 1/24/2007 12:55:51 The Desert Campaigns 37 There were other cases in which enemy airplanes attacked hospitals, though well marked. At least in some of the cases the pilots tried to explain the motives behind their act. A medical officer reported: Fritz dropped a message in the morning saying that he had bombed our hospitals as a reprisal for our shelling a mosque in Gaza and for bombing a convoy of his wounded.
Allenby's Military Medicine: Life and Death World War I Palestine by Eran Dolev, Louis Lillywhite