Gangrene and Glory: Medical Care During the American Civil War / Edition 1

Gangrene and Glory: Medical Care During the American Civil War / Edition 1

by Frank R. Freemon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252070100

ISBN-13: 9780252070105

Pub. Date: 06/28/2001

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

This unusual, lavishly illustrated history of the Civil War takes a close look at the battlefield doctors in whose hands rested the lives of thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers and at the makeshift medicine they were forced to employ.

A medical doctor and a credentialed historian, Frank R. Freemon combines poignant, sometimes horrifying anecdotes of

Overview

This unusual, lavishly illustrated history of the Civil War takes a close look at the battlefield doctors in whose hands rested the lives of thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers and at the makeshift medicine they were forced to employ.

A medical doctor and a credentialed historian, Frank R. Freemon combines poignant, sometimes horrifying anecdotes of amputation, infection, and death with a clearheaded discussion of the state of medical knowledge, the effect of the military bureaucracy on medical supplies, and the members of the medical community who risked their lives, their health, and even their careers to provide appropriate care to the wounded. Freemon examines the impact on major campaigns--Manassas, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Shiloh, Atlanta--of ignorance, understaffing, inexperience, overcrowded hospitals, insufficient access to ambulances, and inadequate supplies of essentials such as quinine.

Presenting the medical side of the war from a variety of perspectives--the Union, the Confederacy, the army, the navy, doctors, nurses, soldiers and their families--Gangrene and Glory achieves a peculiar immediacy by restricting its scope to the knowledge and perceptions available to its nineteenth-century subjects.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252070105
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
569,333
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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