How effective was medical care on the Western Front in the First World War?

This enquiry examines how effective medical care was on the Western Front in the First World War. The principal focus will be on looking at medical care by the British Army. The enquiry will look at a range of sources and encourage students to evaluate their impact before reaching a judgement as to the effectiveness of medical care on the Western Front.

Stage 1

How challenging was war on the Western Front for the medical services?

Students start by considering the types of wounds, injuries and medical issues which were common on the Western Front. This information is then set in the wider context of how the wounds were treated and who treated them. 

First World War medicine - Powerpoint 1

A powerpoint presentation consisting of a wide range of sources of evidence, including posters, statistics, photographs and secondary accounts.

Stage 2

Who treated the injured on the Western Front?

This stage develops students’ understanding of who treated the wounded on the Western Front. It looks a range of organisations both military and civilian, including the RAMC and the FANY.

First World War medicine - Powerpoint 2

In this Powerpoint presentation students look at four different organisations which administered medical care on the Western Front.

Stage 3

What happened to a soldier when he was wounded?

This stage will focus on looking at the medical evacuation chain, looking at each stage and how patients were transported between them.

First World War medicine - Powerpoint 3

Powerpoint presentation containing resources to be printed off and used in activities by students. Contents include photographs which help students explore the roles of different medical organisations in the First World War.

Stage 4

How effective was medical treatment on the Western Front?

The stage will encourage students to consider how effective medical treatment was on the Western Front and also to look at the legacy of the changes which took place.

First World War medicine - Powerpoint 4

Students look at some of the medical advancements made during the First World War, and identify different ways in which treatment was developed during the war. 

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