In no place is medicine more valued than the battlefield. Since the formation of the US Medical Corps under the authorship of Smart, Mason, and Tuttle, this handbook has been in use without interruption, and has served a most valuable training role. It has provided an inherited culture and an enduring inspiration to the medical soldier. This material represents the understanding, experience, and knowledge of the several authors and as a sound training medium has stood the test of time. In 1944, the US War Department published this handbook in preparation for the horrors of the Second World War. Giving an intriguing insight into not only field medicine but also living conditions and army training at the time, The Battlefield Medical Manual is a book that has, no doubt, saved thousands of lives.
Reprinted from a 1944 manual by the US Medical Department issued to soldiers as a handbook for battlefield medicine and triage.