Year 2012 Vol. 20 No 6




EE Vitebsk State Medical University
The Republic of Belarus

In 2012 it was a 200 years anniversary of the Patriotic war of 1812. It was the bloodiest war of the XIX century. The given paper makes an attempt to show comprehensively the problems of medical aid rendering to the wounded in the Russian army during battles, having studied them on one concrete case the wounding of a legendary general Pyotr Ivanovich Bagration. The materials reflecting the circumstances of the generals wounding are presented in the first part of the paper and the course of the pathological process and peculiarities of the conducted treatment are described in details on the basis of evidence of the witness.
During the War of 1812 the military doctors managed to return back to front tens of thousands of soldiers and officers of the Russian army. At the same time, despite the wound of P.I. Bagration wasnt fatal initially and the best surgeons of that time were constantly beside him, he died of the developed gaseous gangrene.
The authors of many publications completely blame the doctors who rendered the medical aid for the unfavorable outcome. But such approach seems to be simplified as the most objective estimation can be done not using the results of the isolated analysis of the conducted treatment but studying comprehensively the problem taking into account all realities of that time: the level of the medical science at the beginning of the XIX century, the state of medical service of the Russian army, the military situation of that war period, etc.

Keywords: history of military-field surgery, gunshot wound, Pyotr Ivanovich Bagration, medical aid renderingc
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210023, Respublika Belarus, g. Vitebsk, pr. Frunze, d. 27, UO Vitebskiy gosudarstvennyiy meditsinskiy universitet, kafedra obschey khirurgii,
Nebylitsin Yuriy Stanislavovich
Information about the authors:
Sushkov S.A. Candidate of medical sciences, associate professor, vice-rector on scientific research work of EE Vitebsk StateMedical University
Nebylitsin Yu.S. Candidate of medical sciences, associate professor of the chair of general surgery of EE Vitebsk State Medical University
Reutskaya E.N., a 6-year student of the medical faculty of EE Vitebsk State Medical University
Rak A.N., a 6-year student of the medical faculty of EE Vitebsk State Medical University
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