With Them Through Hell: New Zealand Medical Services in the First World War
By Anna Rogers
For New Zealanders, the First World War was not just a grueling conflict but also the nation’s biggest health challenge. Military personnel had to deal with horrific injuries caused by high velocity bullets, artillery fire and chemical weapons. Infectious diseases were a constant and grave threat. In the midst of this, the devastating 1918 influenza pandemic hit both troops overseas and New Zealanders at home.
For the first time, this book tells the collective story of how our troops were supported and cared for by dedicated medical teams. It explores the coming of age of New Zealand health services and details such significant figures as Henry Pickerill and Harold Gillies, who rebuilt shattered faces and treated burn victims—in doing becoming the fathers of plastic surgery.