Medical Treatment World War 1 by Yesenia Marshall

Yesenia Marshall


Social Studies


World War 1 was the most devastating time because there was a limited amount of resources to care for the injuries; the medical field during World War 1 was not ready for the amount of severe wounds. The injuries were so bad mostly because the advancement of weapons. While the war produced high numbers of killed and wounded soldiers there were still effective means of medical treatment.

The medical treatment was helpful because the aids supplied blood transfusion which helps the wounded soldiers. “ Blood was kept on ice for up to 28 days and then transported to casualty clearing stations for use in life saving surgery. “Meaning that the aids used blood when soldiers are wounded badly.” They came up with this idea after facing challenges, new equipment’s and techniques were invented, across four years fighting would end up saving thousands of lives. Saving lives became easier over the years because the equipment’s and techniques advance for badly injured soldiers.


Medical treatment helped a lot during World War 1 when the British and Germans fought against each other because half of the British soldiers had got injured and needed medical care. “80% of all soldiers with a broken femur died and 80% of soldiers with injuries survived.” Most of the time soldiers that had machine guns would move closer to the front line so they can get a better target for the other army this caused a lot of injuries, which means more medical attention. During World War 1 medical care was very important because without that a lot of people would have died meaning less people to fight for their country.

In conclusion medical treatment changed warfare because now that weapons are more advance there is a higher rate of killing and injuries. For example, during the Rome battle of Philips they used sword and bow and arrows which didn’t cause a lot of injuries but during World War 1 they advanced in weapons which caused more men to be wounded.



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