The Boer War was the first major British conflict in which nurses in large numbers were deployed.
From the eighteenth century the medical role of nurses in the navy, especially the monitoring of patients for changes in symptoms, increased as medical practitioners left the bedsides of the sick.
Animals have long held a role in health settings, from the ancient use of medicinal leeches to the introduction of rescue dogs in the Alps in the early eighteenth century.
War artists have depicted the work of nurses in conflict zones since at least the Crimean War.
Take a walk along the spine of old Glasgow, from the medieval cathedral to the River Clyde.
Find out more about life on ops past and present through this reading of genuine letters and emails from defence nurses to their friends and families, from the First World War to Afghanistan.
The nurses who went to war between 1939 and 1945 had been trained in the apprenticeship system of the British hospital nurse training schools.
Shell-shock quickly emerged as a major concern in the armed forces during the First World War.
The Ypres Salient saw some of the bitterest fighting of the First World War.