Museum marks medical advances in warfare

Date Posted: 05/07/2014

From 14th July, the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds is opening a new addition to its permanent galleries, Recovery? From Flanders to Afghanistan, exploring the role of medicine in warfare.

Recovery? From Flanders to Afghanistan focusses on the medical advances that emerged from World War One, comparing them with modern medicine.

Joanne Bartholomew, from the Thackray Medical Museum said: “The exhibition will look at soldiers’ experiences of hearing loss, limb loss and shell shock.

“We have worked with veterans, and servicemen and women, who have experience of the health conditions explored…the exhibition will enable visitors to reflect on how far military medicine has come in 100 years, and the difficulties of healing the body and the mind.”

To accompany the exhibition, a Heritage Trail will be launched in September exploring the museum building as a war hospital during World War One.

The new gallery will be on display throughout the four-year anniversary of World War One.

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Pictured: Image of soldiers rescuing a colleague on the battlefield (Photo credit: Crown Copyright).

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