Brill’s Digital Library of World War I

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For medicine as well, the First World War was the first major war of the scientific technical age. At the same time, it was the result of a rapid parallel development of military and medical technology. Losses from war actions exceeded for the first time those from war epidemics.1 This is not only, as is often supposed, because of the increased effectiveness of medicine, particularly bacteriological hygiene, which made possible effective action against typhoid, typhus, and cholera, but also because battles themselves were more dangero…

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Eckart, Wolfgang U. and Gradmann, Christoph, “Medicine”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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