'Tis better to dance a jig with the devil in the powder magazine than
to take a dram of rum with the surgeon in the orlop. After the
battle, if you come to be lying on the deck, you can only hope to be
mistaken for dead and cast overboard to the sharks rather than to be
carried below to the butcher. At least the sharks will be sober.
Even the carpenter has a steadier hand and a sharper saw.
Behalf Of Charlie
Sent: September 26, 2008 11:26 AM
Subject: 1812 Re: Medical litter
Ah, but you wound me deeply sir. I assure you I have naught but the
mens' best interests at heart when I find it necessary to take up
caitlin, tenaculi and capital saw!
--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "Gord Deans" <gord.deans@...> wrote:
> Quite right. Where would modern medicine be without wars?
> We in the Royal Navy are constantly aware of the "wings and legs"
> bucket waiting for us down on the orlop deck. Lucky is the man who
> sustains a fatal wound in the body.
> Gord Deans, Royal Navy [1812-15].
> -----Original Message-----
> From: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com [mailto:WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com]
> Behalf Of Charlie
> Sent: September 26, 2008 10:49 AM
> To: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: 1812 Re: Medical litter
> The idea(s) of a forward aid station and field ambulances, and not
> horse-drawn carts, were already being implemented by the French by
> Larrey and others. Also, there are lithographs of men using a
> under the knees of a wounded soldier while he holds onto their
> shoulders as they leave the field.
> This points to what we try to tell the public whenever the
> arises: We are not smarter, nor were our predecessors any less
> sophisticated or resourceful in their thought processes, the only
> difference is in technology. We use medevacs today, they used
> and horse-drawn ambulances. We use radiology & CT scanning, they
> their fingers (if at all, body cavity wounds were considered fatal).
> Apologies if that sounds a bit soapbox-ish. However, I sincerely
> appreciate this kind of discussion, the more we learn about it and
> reflect it better for us and the public, the better for all.
> Most appreciatively,