SOCIAL SCIENCES

Medical Services in the First World War

. 9780747813699. ea. vol: Shire. (Library). 2014. 64p. illus. index. pap. $12.95. HIST
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These slim volumes offer a mix of text (in type that is on the small side) and plentiful photos from the time and of surviving equipment, medals, correspondence, propaganda posters, and more, depending on the title. Historian Cohen's Medical Services concentrates on (nongory) images of facilities, patients, and staff; military historian Storey's Animals offers a pleasing mix of horses and dogs in action and posing with their owners, and even some refugee rabbits and a goose escaping the Gallipoli peninsula; and aviation enthusiast Hadaway's British Airman is a handy, more visual complement to Arthur Gould Lee's No Parachute (see review below). The brief but detailed works will be great for reports (the quality indexes help in this regard); a comprehensive introduction and four to eight chapters per title comprise a useful overview of each topic, and those who want to explore more will appreciate the further-reading and places-to-visit lists.
VERDICT Attractive, informative, and approachable.
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