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War Surgery and Medicine

Maadi Camp

Maadi Camp

There can be no doubt that the pattern of the medical campaign was influenced partly by the fact that a number of the senior medical and combatant officers served in Egypt in the First World War. In addition, the first DMS 2 NZEF, Brigadier K. MacCormick, who had served in Egypt in 1914–15, has acknowledged the value to him of the facts recorded in The History of the New Zealand Medical Services in the Great War 1914–18 by Colonel Carbery. The health hazards of Egypt remained the same, albeit somewhat modified in the interim. The site of the New page 711 Zealand Base Camp at Maadi had distinct advantages over the site occupied at Zeitoun in the First World War. It was further from native habitations and was situated on a healthy plateau. Not least, the changeover to mechanisation in the Army and the absence of horses meant that the fly problem was not nearly as troublesome as in the First World War.