Tarnished Scalpels: The Court-Martials of Fifty Union Surgeons

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"Amid the flood of Civil War books that washes over us each year, Dr. Thomas Lowry's works have long stood out for their brilliant research, originality, and insight. Now, with his accomplished co-author Dr. Jack Welsh, he has produced a work as fascinating to the average reader as it is useful to the specialist. Tarnished Scalpels offers us a richer portrait of our greatest war's reality than could any other ten books on the subject. These are tales of folly, fear, and shame, well told by men who understand both medicine and good writing." -Owen ...
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The Civil War surgeon faced a unique challenge: to answer to two very different authorities. On one hand, he was bound to uphold the principles of medical tradition, while on the ... other required to obey the regularions of the army. Not every doctor was able to rise to the challenge of these dual responsibilities and many Civil War surgeons ended up facing official sanctions for their alleged medical and/or procedural failures. Undoubtedly, some of these surgeons were guilty of negligence, perhaps even worse. But the great majority did their duty. Even those who fell short raise the question: Could we, with the same challenges and the same limited knowledge, have done better? 258 pages with appendices and index. 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall. Read more Show Less

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"Amid the flood of Civil War books that washes over us each year, Dr. Thomas Lowry's works have long stood out for their brilliant research, originality, and insight. Now, with his accomplished co-author Dr. Jack Welsh, he has produced a work as fascinating to the average reader as it is useful to the specialist. Tarnished Scalpels offers us a richer portrait of our greatest war's reality than could any other ten books on the subject. These are tales of folly, fear, and shame, well told by men who understand both medicine and good writing." -Owen Parry, author of Faded Coat Of Blue As in his previous book, Tarnished Eagles (0-8117-1597-3), Thomas Lowry-this time with Jack Welsh-brings to light the various misdeeds of Union officers. In this new book, the authors examine the relationship between the principles of the medical profession and the often byzantine regulations of the army. As a result, the courts-martial in this book primarily fall into two categories: failure to practice proper medicine and failure to follow the procedures and administrative rules that govern army life, with some overlap. As usual, Lowry peppers many of these accounts with his dry wit, but he also offers penetrating analyses of the problems faced by many of these doctors, who often were forced to work under intolerable conditions. Thomas Lowry, a retired psychiatrist, is the author of several books on the Civil War, including the controversial The Story the Soldiers Wouldn't Tell: Sex in the Civil War (0-8117-1515-9). Jack D. Welsh, professor of medicine emeritus at University of Oklahoma, has written for and edited many medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine. He is also theauthor of Medical Histories of Confederate Generals and Medical Histories of Union Generals.
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The literature surrounding the American Civil War is vast, but that documenting the performance and experience of its military/medical personnel is comparatively small. This work includes an introduction to the state of Civil War medicine and medical training as well as numerous accounts of Civil War surgeons charged with various crimes, giving context and some analysis. (The surgeons were court-martialed for practicing bad medicine or for failing to follow administrative procedures.) Psychiatrist Lowry (Stories Soldiers Wouldn't Tell; Tarnished Eagles) and physician/professor Welsh shed light upon unpleasant aspects of soldier life and of medical practice at the time as well as the peccadilloes of individual medical men. This volume makes rare primary-source material available to a wider audience. Recommended for libraries that seek to have comprehensive Civil War collections.--Theresa McDevitt, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Psychiatrist Lowry (Tarnished Eagles, not reviewed) and physician Welsh (Medicine/Univ. of Oklahoma) sift through the 80,000 court-martial transcripts in the National Archives to produce one of the few recent Civil War histories based on original research. As with all court records, one never learns what really happened. The charges are often terrible (refusal to attend a dying patient, gross incompetence, mutilating a corpse), the prosecution is invariably damning, but the defense is always entirely convincing. In the end, the verdicts are unpredictable and only vaguely related to the testimony. Yet it doesn't matter. These cases illuminate not only Civil War military life but the social, political, racial, sexual, and medical world of the mid-19th century. Although Lowry and Welsh divide their study by subject into 12 chapters, these divisions seem arbitrary because most of the trials dealt with multiple offenses. There are three basic categories of accusation. The first is largely made up of the traditional offenses found in court-martials through the ages (drunkenness, desertion, dereliction of duty). More titillating are charges particularly offensive to the Victorian age (consorting with lewd women, sex with a mare). Finally, and most peculiar, are accusations that strike us as trivial but were a deadly serious matter to the Civil War military—such as those brought against a dozen surgeons charged with eating with enlisted men. Snobbery was not the issue here: enlisted men ate at government expense during the Civil War, but officers were responsible for feeding themselves. Surgeons on trial for dining with their staff were suspected, often correctly, of freeloading offthetaxpayer. No matter how lurid the subject, however, the verbatim account of a trial makes for tedious reading. Lowry and Welsh sensibly summarize each court-martial in their own words, interspersing them with quotes from the transcript and adding an expert, sometimes wryly amusing commentary. An illuminating portrait of the Civil War, seen from an unusual perspective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811716031
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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