Turkish military hospitals
An absence of trained nurses and basic resources
in Beyond Nightingale
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The Ottoman Empire was far more backward than the Russian. Furthermore, there appears to be no information in the Turkish archives on the Crimean army’s medical department. Two British observers, Humphry Sandwith, who was a surgeon in the Ottoman army during the war, and Adolphus Slade, who was administrative head of the Ottoman navy from 1849 to 1866, provide most of the information we have about the Ottoman medical service. There seems to have been no effort to organize a nursing service. The commissariat supplied the medical service very badly, while the doctors were poorly trained and the orderlies totally untrained. Nevertheless, these doctors were anxious to learn and, equally important, they enthusiastically and devotedly cared for the Ottoman soldiers with their limited resources, giving them any nursing care they could and treating Russian prisoners with equal zeal.

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