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April 8, 1939

Dunant: The Story of the Red Cross

JAMA. 1939;112(14):1419. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800140117042

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Abstract

This book is the pathetic, not to say tragic, story of the Nobel peace prize winner Henri Dunant, who was the first to entertain the conception of an international society for the alleviation of the sufferings of wounded in battle and of prisoners. Dunant was an ordinary citizen of Geneva, somewhat better off than the average, if not actually wealthy, who was engaged in the banking business. He came into contact with war somewhat accidentally at the battle of Solferino, where the French and the Austrians met in 1859. Here he was plunged into the midst of the fighting and saw the miserable lack of accommodations for the wounded and the total absence of doctors, nurses and medical supplies. He plunged into the emergency and made heroic efforts to supply as much as possible of the need through his own labor. Needless to say his success was scarcely worth mentioning,

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