The National Army Museum: The History of Health and the Army

National Army Museum, London
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Join the National Army Museum for a fascinating talk from Professor Martin Bricknell, exploring the relationship between health and the British Army over the last two centuries.

The Army Medical Services are integral to the effectiveness of the British Army. Their size and capabilities determine the health outcomes of those who become sick or injured during service. 

In this wide-ranging talk, Professor Martin Bricknell will show how the challenges faced by the British Army regarding the health of its soldiers are remarkably unchanged in the last 200 years. 

He will look back at the breakdown of medical services during the Crimean War (1854-56) and how this led to the formation of the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1898.

He will also explore the relationship between public health and the Army, from the physical fitness of new recruits to long-term health outcomes for veterans.

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