MEDICINE

Medicine in Crimea

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MEDICINE

BATTLEFIELD

  • tents, no huts to treat wounded
  • Crowded and men lay on ground

HARBOUR AT BALACLAVA

  • Fanny Duberly notes there were no ambulance wagons
  • Horses dead, drivers drunk

TRIP BY SEA FROM BALACLAVA TO SCUTARI

  • JOHN HALL said hispital was ready but in OCT 54 bedding, operating tables, soap, clothing were missing. NOT BUILT AS HOSPITAL
  • System was a disgraceful mess
  • Russels reports led to TIMES FUND sending Nightengale
  • RAGLAN ordered more men to fill boats so less space for medical assistants (4 docs per 100) and medical supplies
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NIGHTENGALE VS SEACOLE

NIGHTENGALE

  • She was accompanied to the Crimea by a team of 38 nurses in novemeber 1854.
  • British public saw her as the 'angel of mercy'.
  • Her greatest achievement was raising nursing to a level of being a respectable proffession for women.
  • Florence worked in hard conditions and with very limited supplies. There was a great lack of cleanliness that other staff didn't appear to find of any significance to the result of disease. SHE SCRUBBED FLOORS AND EMPLOYED TURKS TO DO LAUNDRY
  • It is said that Florence put a great deal of care into looking after the troops and often went without sleep, other sources say that the state of the hospitals weren't as bad as she made out they were when she arrived.
  • ANTI NIGHTENGALE SANITARY COMMISION SORTED MOST OF IT OUT and death rates rose til they came in March despite her work
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NIGHTENGALE vs SEACOLE

MARY SEACOLE

  • She was turned down to become Nightengales nurse, so then made her own passage to the Crimea
  • She learnt her nursing skills from her mother.
  • She set up a British Hotel close the front line in Balaclava where she provided food and provisions for troops. She also dealt with the wounded and dying on the battlefield.
  • Mary returned to England, bankrupt at the end of the war, where funds were raised by the public, soldiers and ex soldiers to support her, she then wrote a book and the royalties of this kept her in her old age.
  • She received great results from all the causulties she helped and wasn't really concerned with the danger she put herself in in many situations.
  • William Russel was an enthusiastic supporter of Mary Seacole.
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