The Stretcher Bearer (1915)


A World War I Pocket Guide for Medics, Covering Poison Gas Asphyxia and With Dozens of Pictures of Battlefield First Aid Technique

Dupuy, Georges M. The Stretcher Bearer. A Companion to the R.A.M.C. Training Book, Illustrating the Stretcher-Bearer Drill and the Handling and Carrying of the Wounded. London: Henry Frowde and Hodder & Stoughton, 1915.

Oblong 12mo. Limp-bound. 1st Edition.

First edition of this handy pocket guide for World War I stretcher bearers, with specific instructions on poison gas and artificial respiration, as well as dozens of photographic illustrations depicting stretcher-bearing techniques, bandaging, and other emergency measures. Written in the early years of World War I by a prominent French physician and medical illustrator, The Stretcher Bearer focuses on the core techniques that were required by stretcher bearers and field medics. The 138 photographic illustrations depict lifting patients and loading ambulance wagons with different medic team compositions, as well as specific first aid for injuries like wounds and fractures. Of particular importance is the written section and accompanying illustrations on dealing with poison gas, one of the greatest perils of the World War I battlefield. Dupuy explains in plain language the concerns related not just to asphyxiation but also to drowning, as soldiers' lungs filled with fluid that needed to be expelled using special pre-Heimlich compression techniques. Early bookplate, stamps, and markings of the Kansas City Medical Library Club. Faint evidence of sticker removal to front board (likely shelf number of price tag). Interior generally quite nice, only light wear to extremities mainly affecting head of spine, and mild toning to spine. A near-fine copy of a book seldom found, especially in collectible condition.