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The Story of Emergency Transportation of Sick and Wounded Through the Centuries
Written by Katherine Traver Barkley
The only book in the country exclusively devoted to the history of the ambulance!
“Its unique subject matter and meticulous attribution of sources make it an irreplaceable reference on the history of the ambulance.” –Richard Kahn M.D., FACP Maine Society for the History of Medicine
“I love it…[Its] an effective and entertaining book that bridges the gap between the horse-litter of the 12th Century and the Mobile Intensive Care Unit of the 20th Century.” –Jim Page, Journal of Emergency Medical Services
In these pages, Katherine Traver Barkley traces the history of the ambulance as a transport vehicle for lepers to the “superambulance” concept still on the drawing board.
With over one hundred and fifty illustrations, the work begins in depth with the eighteenth-century medical services initiated by Dominique-Jean Larrey, a surgeon with Napoleon’s Army, then details the evolution of the ambulance through peace and war from that time to the present.
Long overdue, Katherine Barkley’s comprehensive book is the first work of its kind published in over one hundred years. Not since Thomas Longmore wrote his Treatise on the Transport of Sick and Wounded Troops in 1869 has there been an update on this fascinating aspect of medical care.
Softcover, 207 pages