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Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire From Valley Forge to Afghanistan

Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire From Valley Forge to Afghanistan

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Author, journalist, and USS Midway Museum spokesman Scott McGaugh reveals the riveting stories of the men and women who save lives on the front lines in Battlefield Angels, the first book about battlefield medicine in the US military. Told from the point of view of the unsung heroes who slide into bomb craters and climb into blazing ships, this unique look at medicine

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Author, journalist, and USS Midway Museum spokesman Scott McGaugh reveals the riveting stories of the men and women who save lives on the front lines in Battlefield Angels, the first book about battlefield medicine in the US military. Told from the point of view of the unsung heroes who slide into bomb craters and climb into blazing ships, this unique look at medicine in the trenches traces the history of the military medical corps and the contributions it has made to America's health, for example, how the military medical corps pioneered the ambulance concept, emergency medevac helicopters, hospital designs, and contagious disease prevention. McGough also details how the military medical corps has adopted medical science discoveries, field tested them in battle, adapted them, and proved their value.

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Publishers Weekly
McGaugh (Midway Magic) notes that during the past 500 years, for every soldier killed by the enemy, four were severely wounded on the battlefield and ultimately died, Documenting "the extraordinary and unwavering devotion to duty by frontline corpsmen, medics, nurses, doctors, and specialists," McGaugh's march through the centuries emphasizes the resourcefulness and creativity of shorthanded medical workers with few resources, beginning in 1777, when George Washington's medical corps confronted hundreds of wounded and dying men at Georgetown. The Civil War "crystallized the need for a permanent American... commitment to military medicine"; new challenges, such as mustard gas, marked WWI, along with mechanized transportation, which revolutionized battlefield evacuation. In WWII, penicillin became a potent weapon against wound infection. WWII is the core of this book, highlighted by the strange account of corpsman Wheeler Lipes, who made national headlines after he performed the first appendectomy on a submarine. Instead of being honored by the Navy, which did not want operations performed by corpsmen without surgical training, Lipes became the victim of a "hushed smear campaign," suggesting he had performed the operation to catapult his career. Similar fascinating personal profiles surface throughout. McGaugh's extensive interviews for this authoritative history. (July)
From the Publisher

“While Battlefield Angels captures the progress of military medicine, it is the story of individual medics and corpsmen saving lives at acute risk that will haunt and inspire the reader long after he or she has passed this fascinating read on to a friend.” —Richard Setlowe, screenwriter, journalist, military author of The Black Sea and The Brink

“When most people think of war they think of the men who fight, not the countless thousands who have treated their wounds and saved their lives. Those of us who have been wounded on the battlefield cherish their sacrifice and bravery. We know how remarkable they are.” —Jeff Roy, Ph.D., National Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart

“Since this nation's birth, American fighting men and women have faced countless wars and conflicts. At their side have been medics and corpsmen, usually unarmed but for their medical bags. Battlefield Angels is the perfect description of these heroes and McGaugh has done a masterful job of telling the story of the bravest of the brave.” —Jan K. Herman, Historian if the Navy Medical Department, USN

“Military medicine not only represents medical science advancements and heroism under fire, it also reflects the increasing role of women in uniform. From nursing in the Civil War to the all-volunteer force in the post-Vietnam era to Army medic Monica Brown's Silver Star in Afghanistan, Battlefield Angels is a riveting account of both the people and progress of saving lives under fire.” —RADM Veronica (Ronne) Froman, USN (ret.)

“Battlefield Angels propels the reader into an alien world of horrific wounds, unimaginable living conditions, and profound responsibility borne by young men and women only a few years past high school. It is a world where corpsmen and medics have lived for hundreds of years.” —RADM Riley Mixson, USN (ret.), Former Director of Air Warfare for Chief of Naval Operations, USN

“While one facet of war focuses on killing, McGaugh describes the other war against infections, disease, shock, blood loss, combat, operational stress reaction, and post-traumatic stress disorder. He describes the selfless individuals who risk their own lives to save others.” —San Francisco Book Review (November 2011)

“The writing is riveting. The profiles of those in the medical corps are compelling. The photo sections are equally moving.” —North County Times

“Scott McGaugh has written a fantastic book on the history of the American military medical system ... You can't help coming away stunned at the achievements of the frontline military corpsmen and medical teams, and this book is a much deserved homage to their service.” —David A. Galli, Civil War News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849088671
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
07/20/2011
Series:
General Military
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
563,273
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Scott McGaugh is a veteran journalist and the author of Midway Magic (CDS/Perseus) and Midway Memories, an historic photo essay self-published for visitors to the USS Midway Museum. Midway Magic is in its second edition; Midway Memories in its third. Midway Magic became the basis for a History Channel program, "Hero Ship: The USS Midway," featuring the author. Television appearances have included the History Channel, Travel Network, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Channel, FOX Network, and Australia's Today Show. Scott makes four to eight public speeches monthly and travels regularly on behalf of the museum. He also is a seasoned marketing communications professional with 24 years of experience with particular emphasis in public relations and promotions. Author's previous titles: Midway Magic. Hardcover, 256 pages. $24.95. CDS/Perseus, 2004. ISBN: 159315027X/978-1593150273. 20,000 copies over two print runs. Midway Memories. Hardcover, 72 pages. $19.00. Self-published, 2005. ISBN: 097748050X/978-0977480500. 35,000 copies sold.

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