Evacuation of the
Instruments and Chart
of death in British Army hospitals 1812-1814
Lists of British
officers wounded and killed in the Peninsula
hygeine, as we know it today, did not exist. Hospitals
and treatment stations were overcrowded, poorly ventilated
and filthy. Few soldiers had any idea of personal
hygeine and no thought was given to sterilising instruments.
would reuse the same scalpel, saw or set of needles
over and over again and if they washed their hands
it was only in a bowl full of water that soon became
almost as filthy as the instruments themselves.
were no disinfectants and surgeon's smocks or aprons
served nicely as initially a thing on which to wipe
their hands and then as the perfect breeding ground