The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 1915. MEDICINE AND THE WAR.
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regards sanitation and organisation, as well as the actual treatment of tbe wounded. Iβ previous wars more men have been killed by dieease tban in actual battle; but in the present •■■ rugg's fif'ft(is':-icg -hot} thnr. ». v-uy effective check has bwn plncerl cm she •iv a: IfsiviiitJ iruopis, whbo the percentage of deaths from worm 1h r>a j •) ri )('ir.tarkab!y low Tho French Government recently issued figures showing the percentage of wounded iKn who have recovered, op ere repring, and are, or will be, fit again ' • ervice, The figures are taken up December 1 :•—- Per ' out. o-i-j-ert, but fit for almost imme» iiilUe return to the front .. ■• 54,50 'bounded, and on leave .. .. 24 50 Wounded, and still in hospital"' ■.. 17 40 Permanently disabled and unfit for further service .. ... .. 146 Wounded, and died from wonnds .. 348 The enormous proportion of com- -?" recoveries testifies to the •• buiJKueuess" of the modern bullet and no the great skill of the surgeone, ays the "Spectator." The doctors at ■-,he front and their assistants have aot spared themseves, and at least. one New Zealand medical man, Dr. -S.krtin, of Palmerston North, haf oeen mentioned in dispatches fo> •..'onepiouona servioes. The work *hich these men are doing foi be EmpiVe is just as important a* that of tbe soldiers who are actually fighting in the trenches, and they are working with the same unfailing .•hperfniDPPS and devotion to duty a>nmy Atkins himself, whose mi ft ,* in everyone's mouth, Of many young men who would other wise have been studying for a medical career have joined the fighting forces, the result being that tbe number of medical students in the United Kingdom is more than a thousand lefls than in 1918. This is a very grave matter. The president of the General Medical Gouncil, in reviewing tbe position, states that "in view of tbe additional lossea among the senior practitioners due 'directly or indirectly to the war, the prospective diminution of our reserve supply calls for serious consideration." Other professions are faced with the same difficulty of keeping up the supply of properly trained men. This is one of the many prob iQtna which a great war creates, The effects of tha war wiil continue to be felt in a number of way 3 long after the actual fighting is over.