War and Medicine
Saturday 22 November 2008 - Sunday 15 February 2009
As humankind has developed increasingly sophisticated weaponry
with which to harm its enemies, medicine has had to adapt to cope
with the volume and the changing nature of resulting
Concentrating on the modern era, 'War and Medicine' considered
the constantly evolving relationship between warfare and medicine,
beginning with the disasters of the Crimean War and continuing
through to today's conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The exhibition highlighted the personal
experiences of surgeons, soldiers, civilians, nurses, writers and
artists and looked at the impact of war on the 'home front' as well
as on front-line medicine.
'War and Medicine' was the second of a
two-part collaboration between Wellcome Collection and The Museum
of Man (Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden).
the ‘War and Medicine’ book
Image: David Cotterrell