Bruxelles : H. Manceaux ;
Paris : V. Rozier ;
Londres : H. Baillière, 1868 (2nd rev. ed.).
Description : -44 p., [3 l.] pl. ; ill.: 1 phot., 2 (fold.) engr. ; 23 cm.
Photograph : 1 frontispiece, albumen mounted to board.
Subject : Physical body — Trauma ; Transport of wounded ; Military medicine.
The only work published by this Belgium military physician who acquired the greater part of his informal education upon the battlefield. The first edition appeared as a paper in Archives médicales belges. The second edition offprint, revised and enlarged, is extra-illustrated by a photograph reproduction of a pen and ink wash drawing representing Vercamer's ambulance. The paper provides, in exquisite detail, what Vercamer believed were the best design concepts in a military conveyance for combat wounded. He includes notes and critiques of the most advanced ambulances built by other nations and displayed in competition at the Exposition Universelle, held on the military parade grounds of Paris (Champ-de-Mars) in 1867. Vercamer was especially impressed by the American entry, constructed in Paris under the supervision of Dr. [Thomas Wiltberger] Evans (1823–1897), and featuring detachable litters slung from rubber ring shock absorbers.