Victory over Disease
Resolving the Medical Crisis in the Crimean War, 1854-1856Series:
Imprint: Helion and Company
308 Pages, 7 x 9.75 in, 2 maps, 23 ills, 47 tables, 23 graphs
- October 2019
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The historiography of the campaign has tended to concentrate on the catastrophic deterioration in the health of the Army during the first winter and the perceived incompetence of the heads of department. The contributions made by Nightingale and the Sanitary Commissioners have been greatly overemphasized. As a consequence, the medical aspects of the war have been inaccurately portrayed in both academic works and popular culture.
The author’s analyses should alter existing preconceptions or prejudices about what happened in Crimea and Turkey during those fateful war years. The ‘Victory over Disease’ took place in the Crimea, and not at Scutari – and this was not due to the contributions of any one person, or even a group of individuals. Rather it represented the involvement of many people in many walks of life who worked, possibly unwittingly, for a common purpose, and with such a gratifying result.