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It is somewhat unusual to read about the profession of surgery in the harsh conditions that were the world of physicians and surgeons who worked for the British Army. Graham Cope has given us an insight to this world but it isn’t for the faint of heart, so the reader should brace themselves.
May 1793The Austrian Netherlands
Having executed their King, Revolutionary France declared war on Britain and her allies, threatening now to destroy their Royal Households.
Recently widowed Andrew Jardine, leaves his infant daughter behind and enrolls in the army as a surgeon’s mate. He experiences harsh army life, encounters bloody and brutal surgery and treats the rampant diseases with only blood-letting and herbs.
The young Prince Frederick, Duke of York has been sent by his father, King George III, to command his troops. Despite his inexperience he initially meets with success, but circumstances combine ultimately to result in a devastating failure.