War and Modern Medicine 1850-1950 - HIST5068

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2021 to 2022.


Themes covered will include: Nursing and hygiene in the Crimea; the impact of disease in the South African War; military hospitals; the impact of war on mental health; inspecting and measuring the military body; venereal disease in the First and Second World Wars; technology; ethics and experimentation; malingering, agency and resistance in the two World Wars; disability and the long term impact of war.


Contact hours

A 1 hour lecture and a 2 hour seminar per week

Method of assessment

There will be a 40% coursework/60% exam ratio.

Two 2,500 word essays worth 40% of the coursework mark each. Students will be required to use primary sources in their essays, and a broader comparative knowledge of the subject will be expected. The other 20% of the coursework mark will be based on a presentation based on one or more primary documents, plus general seminar performance.

Indicative reading

Harrison, Medicine and Victory
Cooter, Harrison and Sturdy,(eds), War Medicine and Modernity
Bostridge, Florence Nightingale
De Villiers, Healers, helpers and hospitals
Shephard, A War of Nerves: Soldiers and psychiatrists 1914-1994
Blair, In arduis fidelis: centenary history of the Royal Army Medical Corps
Bourke, Dismembering the Male
Van Bergen, Before my helpless sight: suffering, dying and military medicine on the Western Front, 1914-1918
Reznick, Rest, recovery, and rehabilitation: healing and identity in Great Britain in the First World War
Carden-Coyne, Reconstructing the body: classicism, modernism, and the First World War

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)


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