Surgery during war time

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  • Surgery in the war.
    • Harold Gillies was a New Zealand born, London based Plastic Surgeon.
      • War interrupted medical research.
        • Infections took lives of soldiers on the battlefield.
          • Antibiotics were not discovered yet.
            • Doctors made very little progress as they only focused on wounds.
              • Guns, explosives and poison made large casualties.
      • Harold Gillies set up plastic Surgery Units.
    • Scientists looked for a way to store blood for longer. Sodium citrate stopped the blood from clotting.
      • The war allowed doctors and nurses to gain vital experience in dealing with wounds.
        • Skin grafting methods were able to be developed more.
          • X-ray machines were used more frequently.
            • The invention x-rays helped doctors see inside the body.

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