"From Battlefield to Bastion to Blighty, 1914 - 2014: an extraordinary century of military medicine."
The remarkable achievements made by the casualties and staff of Field Hospital Camp Bastion are well known. They are not, however, unique. The system of clinically capable forward medical facilities was created a century ago during the First World War from scratch by medics living and working within the sound of the guns on the front line. In this talk, Dr Emily Mayhew, a historian of military medicine, will explain how the infrastructure was developed and operated on the Western Front, transforming survival rates for the wounded as well as the ideas and principles that are still a feature of British casualty provision today. Major Dafydd Edwards, an Army orthopaedic and trauma surgeon who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, will discuss his experience of providing medical and surgical care, and draw comparisons with his colleagues at work at war a century before. There remain significant problems to be resolved for the long-term health and wellbeing of military casualties - problems that were first identified after the Great War, and which are now being investigated within pioneering interdisciplinary departments at Imperial College."
Dr Emily Mayhew is Historian in Residence in the Department of Bioengineering, where she works with the clinicians and scientists of the Centre for Blast Injury Studies. She is the author of "Wounded: From Battlefield to Blighty" and is currently working on a Wellcome-commissioned history of casualty from Britain's recent conflict in Afghanistan.
Major Dafydd Edwards graduated from St.Thomas’s Hospital, London, in 2000 and after completing his junior doctor training, he deployed as a Regimental Medical Officer supporting the 7th Armoured Brigade Battle Groups during the second Gulf War. He has seen four operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan serving in all deployable roles from far forward to Field Hospital and as the Military Registrar at Role 4, University Hospital Birmingham.
Having witnessed first-hand the effect of Improvised Explosive Devices on soldiers while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and after passing his Fellowship exams for the Royal College of Surgeons, he is now undertaking a doctorate in Blast Bioengineering at the Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies prior to Consultancy. He is studying the clinical outcomes and complications of Amputees from the recent conflict in Afghanistan. The work has recently led him to being awarded the position of Honorary Research Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and the Army Medical Services Montefiore Medal.
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