Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Factoid of the day

While checking out articles to write about Germs in military history on my medical blog, I ran into this factoid:

that air ambulances were first used during the Franco Prussian war to evacuate 160 casualties  during the seige of Paris using hot air baloons.

More HERE.

The earliest reported use of air transport to move trauma victims for medical treatment appears to be during the Franco-Prussian war and siege of Paris in 1870. 160 injured soldiers were moved from the battlefield to army hospitals via hot air balloons.

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