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Medical Services
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Medical Services

Under the pressure of the extremely high losses of the first months of the war, and the immobilization of the Western Front, medical services that had initially planned only for a war of movement developed in time into a deeply stratified system of medical care. Stretcher bearers brought the wounded to dressing stations situated close to the front lines. These provided only rudimentary first aid. The next stage was the field hospital, the most important institution for the care of…

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Gradmann, Christoph, “Medical Services”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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