Author(s): Anna Rogers
The thousands of New Zealand men who fought in the First World War went through hell.And right beside them was another fighting force, armed with scalpels, bandages anddrugs. Hundreds of doctors, nurses, stretcher-bearers, orderlies and ambulance drivers,dentists, chiropodists, pharmacists, physiotherapists and chaplains cared for the sick andwounded, often at great personal risk. Veterinarians did the same for horses, camels andother animals.The challenges were enormous - horrific injuries, gas and deadly diseases, especially theinfluenza of 1918. There were some astonishing successes - most famously by plasticsurgery pioneers Harold Gillies and Henry Pickerill - but the price was high, for patientsand carers.The skilled, compassionate and courageous New Zealand medical personnel of theGreat War have not always received the attention they deserve. Anna Rogers tells theirremarkable story.