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Re: Dr. Robertson-Steel.
Thank you for a very interesting and informative article. It may be
of interest to readers that a book on Larrey provides fascinating further
reading about this remarkable man. The book is difficult to get hold of,
and I am afraid that I have forgotten the source by which I acquired my
two copies several years ago. The details are as follows:
Author: Dr. Ro...
Author: Dr. Robert Richardson
Title: Larrey: Surgeon to Napoleon's Imperial Guard
Publisher: Quiller Press, London
Published: 1974 with a revised edition in 2000
I do often wonder how many of us involved in the application of the
principles of triage, (be it in the pre-hospital field or otherwise), know
of its origins. I unfortunately had cause to ponder on this whilst I was
collecting my thoughts preparatory to explaining to the press the use of
triage and Triage Labels following the 7/7 bombings, during which I was
triaging patients at Russell Square Tube Station.
In the book Dr. Richardson relates the tale of an episode during the
battle of Waterloo. Although not medical in nature as such, I think it
might be of interest:
"Who is that bold fellow?" asked the Duke of Wellington. "It's
Larrey," someone answered. "Tell them not to fire in that direction; at
least let us give the brave man time to gather up the wounded." And so
saying he doffed his hat. "Who are you saluting?" enquired the Duke of
Cambridge. "I salute the courage and devotion of an age that is no longer
ours," said Wellington, pointing at Larrey with his sword.
As a further point of interest the author has also written
extensively on other medical matters.