Dominic Jean Larrey 1755-1842

In France during the Napoleonic wars, a surgeon by the name of Dominic Larrey was making a name for himself. Born in 1766 he was respected by French, English Russian and Prussian alike he was rated alongside his Icon Ambroise Pare
Larrey noticed at the battle of Preuss Elayss, in Poland how the cold controlled haemorrhage although this has been mentioned before in 1050 (Lagunda) and also in the 16th and 17th centuries.

He also was aware how pain was absent during amputation of those limbs that were cold. Larrey did not lose one patient due to blood loss post operatively. Larrey described how wounded soldiers with maggot-infested wounds would arrive on the carts already recovering. 

What the world needed was open-minded physicians, who would listen and consider different sorts of treatment or ways to avert pain and lessen the suffering of the individual, especially on the battlefield. Barron Larry had seen a fair share of suffering during the Napoleonic campaigns, and not all the campaigns could provide harsh conditions that made amputations bearable on the Russian front. Larrey was the first to discover the cavitations caused by gunshot wounds.

He has also been accredited the invention of the modern Field Ambulance. Larry went on to become Napoleons personal surgeon and surgeon to the Imperial Guard and then eventually made a Baron.

 

 

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