of the leading non-military figures of the Napoleonic Era, Dominique
Larrey was an energetic and devoted doctor whose main concerns were
always for people.
went with Napoleon Bonaparte
to Egypt, stomached the horrendous
slaughters of Aspern-Essling and
Wagram, survived the retreat from
Russia in 1812 and was wounded
of Frenchmen and enemy soldiers owed their lives to Larrey who,
during his duties, studied how to beat post-wound or post-operation
method was for immediate amputation and his skill was such that
there was a remarkable turnaround in post-battle fatalities.
also designed one of the first
mobile field ambulances.
was the darling of the common soldier and they looked after him
during the dreadful retreat from Russia. At the crossing of the
Beresina, where thousands died
in the panic-stricken struggle to get over the bridge, French troops
passed him over their heads the length of the span to safety.
courage was even noticed at Waterloo
by the Duke of Wellington who,
noticing Larrey tending injured men in a dangerously exposed position,
saluted a man "of an age no longer ours'."