This book is a critical examination of the relationships between war, medicine, and the pressures of modernisation 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-organisation 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 medicalisation of modern warfare in Imperial Germany and the lasting consequences of this shift in German society.
This book is ideally suited for scholars and students of the cultural history of modern war, the social history of medicine, the history of disability, the cultural history of technology, and the history of modern Germany. It could also be used in courses in disability studies, science technology and society, military studies, medical ethics, and body studies.