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
     
 

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252070105
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
640,348
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue7
Acknowledgments9
Tables11
Introduction13
Abbreviations15
1American Medicine in the 1850s19
2Creating Confederate Medicine28
3Lincoln Finds a Surgeon General35
4Maggots and Minie Balls41
5The Introduction of Women Nurses51
6Union Hospital Ships along the Western Rivers61
7The Beginnings of the Letterman System67
8Confederate Medicine Organizing77
9Northern Medicine Organized84
10Medicine at Sea92
11Stonewall Jackson Struck by Friendly Fire101
12"Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory"107
13Northern versus Southern Medicine at Vicksburg116
14Confederate Medicine Deteriorating124
15Union Enclaves along the Confederate Coast134
16The Trial of William Hammond142
17Confederate Medical Support during the Atlanta Campaign147
18Preparing for the Final Union Campaigns160
19Union Medical Support for the Decisive Campaigns of 1864166
20The Last Full Measure of Devotion181
21Aftermath190
22The American Civil War as a Biological Phenomenon205
23Comparing Northern to Southern Medical Care214
24Did Medical Care Make a Difference?221
Epilogue229
Glossary230
Notes235
Index of Names247
Subject Index251

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