Medical Histories of Union Generals / Edition 1

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Overview

"Information concerning the medical histories of most Union generals is hard to find and poorly documented. Jack D. Welsh, professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Oklahoma, has examined the medical events that occurred not only during the Civil War but throughout the lives of 583 Union generals." "Previously unpublished material from letters, diaries, West Point cadet records, and applications for retirement or a pension provided new additional data and clarification of many medical events, as well as information on their outcome. A number of men had suffered from medical events before the war and three joined the army missing an arm and one missing a leg." "During the Civil War, the majority of these Union generals were afflicted by disease, injured by accidents, or suffered wounds. Following the war, they frequently continued to be afflicted by disease and the effects of unhealed wounds. Medical Histories of Union Generals includes a glossary of medical terms as well as a sequence of medical events during the Civil War listing wounds, accidents, and deaths." With earlier book on Confederate generals, Dr. Welsh has produced "must have" references for medical and military historians.

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Editorial Reviews

David G. Meyers
This book includes brief medical histories of the 583 general officers of the Union Army who served during the American Civil War. The purpose is to explain the medical reasons for absences from duty or incapacity that are mentioned, but usually not adequately explained, in biographical references. This information adds significantly to Ezra Warner's Generals in Blue (LSU Press, Baton Rouge 1964). The book fully meets the author's objectives. Professional and amateur Civil War historians are the audiences for this book. No illustrations are necessary. This book is superbly referenced using authoritative primary sources, and it is well organized and succinct. A glossary of period material terms with lay explanations is included and is especially useful for those not conversant with archaic medical terms. For those who read about Civil War generals and wonder why they were absent from a battle or what became of them medically after suffering a wound, Dr. Welsh has written a masterful and definitive reference. This book is particularly laudable for its succinctness, readability, and excellent references. The glossary is particularly useful. The chronological listing of time and geographic place of wounds for the listed generals is also interesting. This is a first-rate reference book.
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Reviewer:David G. Meyers, MD (University of Kansas School of Medicine)
Description:This book includes brief medical histories of the 583 general officers of the Union Army who served during the American Civil War.
Purpose:The purpose is to explain the medical reasons for absences from duty or incapacity that are mentioned, but usually not adequately explained, in biographical references. This information adds significantly to Ezra Warner's Generals in Blue (LSU Press, Baton Rouge 1964) . The book fully meets the author's objectives.
Audience:Professional and amateur Civil War historians are the audiences for this book.
Features:No illustrations are necessary. This book is superbly referenced using authoritative primary sources, and it is well organized and succinct. A glossary of period material terms with lay explanations is included and is especially useful for those not conversant with archaic medical terms.
Assessment:For those who read about Civil War generals and wonder why they were absent from a battle or what became of them medically after suffering a wound, Dr. Welsh has written a masterful and definitive reference. This book is particularly laudable for its succinctness, readability, and excellent references. The glossary is particularly useful. The chronological listing of time and geographic place of wounds for the listed generals is also interesting. This is a first-rate reference book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873388535
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/29/2005
  • Edition description: First Paper Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 422
  • Sales rank: 1,326,176
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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