In arduis fidelis: Centenary History of The Royal Army Medical Corps 1898-1998BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7168.1326b (Published 07 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1326
- John Pearn, surgeon general
- Australian Defence Force, Canberra, Australia
One in eight of all doctors who graduate from the medical schools in countries that follow the British system will serve in uniform at some stage of their medical careers. Military medicine is an important part of the profession more generally, and all will be touched by it in the wars of the unknowable future. Insofar as history is a tool for decision makers of the present, In arduis fidelis joins the ranks of major texts that chronicle the evolution of this important institution, the Royal Army Medical Corps—important not only in the army and in medicine,but in society itself.
The author, Dr (Colonel) John Blair is eminently suited to write this history. A senior surgeon in civilian life …