WW2 Medicine

Events

Skin Grafting

1870 - 1960

Denmark used Skin Grafting for burn wounds.

Fluid Resuscitation

1921

The need for fluid resuscitation in burn injured patients was first recognized by Underhill. When he studied the composition of blister fluid of patients injured in the Rialto Theatre fire in 1921.

Penicillin- Alexander Fleming

1928

A part that helped with helping people with burns on their body.

Boric Acid Ointment

1929

For burns, windburn, and chafing. Spread thinly over affected area.

Guinea Pig Club

1941

The club was formed on McIndoe's initiative in June 1941 with 39 patients, primarily as a drinking club. The members were aircrew patients in the hospital and the surgeons and anaesthetists who treated them. Aircrew members had to be serving airmen who had gone through at least two surgical procedures. By the end of the war the club had 649 members.

Coconut Grove Fire

1942

Penicillin played a crucial part in the treatment of the burn victims of the Coconut Grove fire in Boston in 1942

Normandy D-Day

June 1944

More than half of all the penicillin used by the Allies for the rest of the war, helping to save countless lives.

Nursing Profession Transformed

1984

As Campbell (1984) shows, the nursing profession was transformed by World War Two. Army and Navy nursing was highly attractive and a larger proportion of nurses volunteered for service higher than any other occupation in American society.