Coloured cartoon from the Northern looking Glass 17 September 1825, the tenth in the series "Essay on Modern Medical Education". Under the title "Practical Results: Abroad" it satirises the work of the field surgeon on the battlefield, depicting them as they try to re-assemble the body parts of soldiers shockingly mutilated by enemy fire.
War service with the army and Royal Navy was an excellent proving ground for the surgeon, offering him the opportunity to practice surgery on men wounded and maimed by the bullets, cannon balls or cold steel of the enemy. Many Glasgow surgeons in the 1820s had served in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars of 1793-1815, and many more would serve in the future, most notably during the Crimean War of 1853-1856.
Reference: Sp Coll Bh14-x.8
Glasgow University Library, Special Collections
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