Recycling the disabled

Army, Medicine, and Modernity in WWI Germany

This book is a critical examination of the relationships between war, medicine, and the pressures of modernization in the waning stages of the German Empire. Through her examination of wartime medical and scientific innovations, government and military archives, museum and health exhibitions, philanthropic works, consumer culture and popular media, historian Heather Perry reveals how the pressures of modern industrial warfare did more than simply transform medical care for injured soldiers—they fundamentally re-shaped how Germans perceived the disabled body. As the Empire faced an ever more desperate labour shortage, military and government leaders increasingly turned to medical authorities for assistance in the re-organization of German society for total war. Thus, more than a simple history of military medicine or veteran care, Recycling the Disabled tells the story of the medicalization of modern warfare in Imperial Germany and the lasting consequences of this shift in German society.

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‘This book is a useful part of a growing literature on rehabilitation in World War I.'
Sanders Marble, San Antonio Texas
German History Table, Volume 35, Issue 4

‘This book is an important contribution to the historiography of World War I and should hold particular interest for historians of medicine and of technology.'
Lisa J. Pruitt, Middle Tennessee State University
Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Volume 90, Number 4
Winter 2016

‘This is an important book…very informative and makes an excellent contribution to our collective knowledge.'
Emmeline Burdett, University College London
H-Disability
November 2017

‘Heather Perry's Recycling the Disabled is a welcome and much needed addition to the historiography of Germany's First World War experience. For a non-expert in the new field of Disability History in specific and medical history in general, this book serves as an excellent entry point and a fine addition to any collection on German society in the grip of Total War.'
Brendan Murphy, Department of History, University of Sheffield

June 2016

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