16 April 2014

The First World War: Disease, The Only Victor

An instructive presentation given on 10 March by Professor Francis Cox, online from Gresham College, focuses on the history of disease in WW1 and placed in a larger context.

He examines the division between combat and disease deaths in various wars, contends that a reduced fraction of military deaths in WW1 should be attributed to the greater effectiveness of weapons and not so much improved medical services.

He also argues that if influenza deaths are included, as they should be as the disease entered the war zone from the US as their soldiers arrived, disease once again become the major cause of military deaths.


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