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    The battle of the limbs: amputation, artificial limbs and the Great War in Australia

    Bourke, Joanna (1998) The battle of the limbs: amputation, artificial limbs and the Great War in Australia. Australian Historical Studies 29 (110), pp. 49-67. ISSN 1031-461X.

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    The expectation or experience of physical suffering was shared by 330,000 Australian men who saw active service during the first world war. Of these men, one in five was killed and tens of thousands returned to Australia ill or wounded. Genital mutilation, facial disfigurement and limblessness were the three fates most feared by soldiers. This article focuses on Australian servicemen in the last category: men whose limbs had been amputated as a result of war service. It examines the surgical and medical services offered to these soldiers and the ways in which they strove to adapt to their injuries. The war radically changed their lives, yet, despite wartime promises, politicians and the larger community rapidly forgot the ‘sacrifice’ so many had made of their arms and legs.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2016 10:32
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:30


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