‘The precepts laid down are the result of the experience acquired in the war in the Peninsula, from the first battle of Roliça in 1808, to the last in Belgium, of Waterloo in 1815…They have been the means of saving the lives, and of relieving, if not even of preventing, the miseries of thousands of our fellow-creatures throughout the civilised world.’ George Guthrie
George James Guthrie is one of the unsung heroes of the Peninsular War and Waterloo, and of British military medicine. He was a guiding light in surgery. He was not only a soldier's surgeon and a hands-on doctor, he also set a precedent by keeping records and statistics of cases. While the innovations in the medical services of the French Republic and Empire have been publicized, a military surgeon of the calibre of Guthrie has been largely ignored by students of the period – until now. Michael Crumplin, in this comprehensive and graphic study of this remarkable doctor, follows him through his career in the field and recognizes his exceptional contribution to British military medicine and to Wellington's army.
Michael Cumplin is a retired surgeon who has made a special study of medicine in the Republican and Napoleonic Wars for over 30 years. His historical research has resulted in two books: A Surgical Artist at War (co-written with Peter Starling), a study of Sir Charles Bell’s illustrations of battle injuries from Corunna and Waterloo, and Men of Steel, a comprehensive account of military surgery in the Republican and Imperial French wars. He has lectured internationally, acted as an advisor for media programmes and films, including Master and Commander, and he is curator and archivist at the Royal College of Surgeons.
An inspiring read for any surgeon. [The author] is clearly an expert on the period. Guthrie's contributions to the understanding of military surgery are very well summarised at the end of the text. The accounts... [read full review]Journal of Larynology and Otology
The author has established himself as an expert on early military medicine and this volume continues his work with a study of pioneering military surgeon George James Guthrie, who served the Duke of Wellington during... [read full review]Military Illustrated
George James Guthrie is one of those unsung heroes of the Peninsular War and Waterloo campaign, and of British military surgery and medicine. Mick has produced a comprehensive and graphic study of this remarkable doctor... [read full review]The Waterloo Journal
To anyone who has an interest in military surgery, Guthrie's War is a fascinating read. Michael Crumpil, surgeon, archivist at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and well-known military historian has traced Guthrie's career... [read full review]Surgeons News, Jan 2011
George James Guthrie is one of those unsung heroes of the Peninsular War and Waterloo campaign, and of British military surgery and medicine. Mick Crumplin has produced a comprehensive and graphic study of this remarkable... [read full review]First Empire Nov/Dec 2010
An author is casting fresh light on an "unsung hero" pf the 19th century in his latest work. Wrexam-based Michael Crumplin has published Guthrie's War: A Surgeon of the Peninsula and Waterloo, a comprehensive study... [read full review]The Leader
I'm not the greatest of people with squeamish stuff - graphic descriptions of nasty wounds make me toes curl. I studied 'medicine through time' for GCSE History, and eve then medical history, although interesting, would... [read full review]Daly History Blog, July 2010
This is a good book for those who have a particular interest in the Peninsular War of 1808-1814, in that considerable detail is given regarding the actions and composition of the British and Allied armies... [read full review]Telstra
Michael Crumplin, a retired surgeon who has studied military history for over thirty years, has written a fascinating graphic and detailed account of Guthrie's day by day experience as a military surgeon.
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According to the author of this excellent book, George Guthrie was 'an exceptionally gifted clinician and surgeon, robust enough to perform well under fire, work tirelessly during and after combat, be outspoken surgically and withstand... [read full review]Dr Martin Howard
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