The First World War (1914–1918) was the first truly industrial conflict in human history. Never before had rifle fire and artillery barrage been employed on a global scale. It was a conflict that over 4 years would leave over 750 000 British troops dead with a further 1.6 million injured, the majority with orthopaedic injuries. Against this backdrop, the skills of the orthopaedic surgeon were brought to the fore. Many of those techniques and systems form the foundation of modern orthopaedic trauma management. On the centenary of ‘the War to end all Wars’, we review the significant advances in wound management, fracture treatment, nerve injury and rehabilitation that were developed during that conflict.
- WOUND MANAGEMENT
- military history
- Received September 26, 2014.
- Revision received November 3, 2014.
- Accepted November 9, 2014.
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