Larrey: Surgeon to Napoleon's Imperial Guard
By Robert Richardson
true hero of the Napoleonic Wars was not a soldier, but a devoted
surgeon to thousands of maimed and injured soldiers.
Larrey was a hero among heroes, but spent his service to France
saving the lives of its fighting men from the savage wounds they
received fighting for Napoleon
such a man as Larrey also tended wounded enemy troops and, as
a darling of the common soldier, was saved during the dreadful
retreat from Russia by their
love for him.
extraordinary biography of Larrey gives a marvellous view of a
living saint, who put his duty to his men ahead of that to his
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'."
Surgeon to Napoleon's Imperial Guard is a rare insight into
a not-often seen part of Napoleonic history - those who tried
to save lives.