Join historian george wunderlich as he highlights the complexities of civil war medicine and discusses the innovations in medical practices throughout the. The american civil war 18611865, also known as the war between the states and several other names, was a civil war in the united states of america. Its origin, cause and probable results, considered specially with regard to slavery dunedin, nz. The book is the only one, ever written, that tells what it was like to be an african american nurse during the civil war. Civil war medicine tells the story of assistant surgeon james fulton of the 143rd penn. Musket fire, well known for its inaccuracy, kept casualty rates lower than they might have been. Confederate aspects of civil war medicine contemporary prominent medical educators civil war hospitals and hospital stewards field hospitals surgery, dentistry, and embalming nursing with hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, images of civil war medicine. Soo kim had experienced war firsthand as a 6yearold refugee during the north korean occupation of seoul, hiding from a communist edict calling. Alcott, louisa may, 18321888, hospital sketches civil war.
At the onset of the civil war, medicine as a science and profession was, in many ways, substandard. A copy of this text book is listed in the 1865 surgeon generals office library catalogue or the list of medical textbooks which were published during the civil war by the army medical department during the crimean war, macleod was a surgeon in the civil hospital at smyrna and the. Some students took the extra step of apprenticing with a practicing physician, but the vast majority of doctors had little to no hands on experience before encountering their first. Civil war medicine research guides at virginia commonwealth university. The civil war and the rise of american medical science. A photographic history covers all the main features of civil war medicine, including. The medical and surgical history of the war of the rebellion 186165 volume 1, part 1 authors. As the repository for more than a thousand civil war collections, the manuscript division holds extensive material relating to womens medical involvement in the war.
Keen years after the conflict, seems to confirm the impression of civil war medicine. Medical education in the united states before the civil war. Read book the encyclopedia of civil war medicine ebook textbooks. Donofrio, president of the society of civil war surgeons, inc. Generally, civil war doctors underwent two years of medical school, though some pursued more education. A photographic history is an essential addition to any enthusiasts collection. Civil war medical and surgical procedures as well as case studies. Civil war medical books and civil war surgical sets. Civil war medical books and surgical manuals wanted.
From the stench of putrefying flesh wafting through. The encyclopedia of civil war medicine by glenna r. Unfortunately the format was a little annoying to read. Six ways the civil war changed american medicine science. Try searching on jstor for other items related to this book. Nearly twothirds of the civil wars approximately 750000 fatalities were caused by diseasea.
Medical and surgical history of the war of the rebellion. Mathew brady photographs of civil warera personalities and scenes, compiled 1921 1940, documenting the period 1860 1865, records of the office of the chief signal officer, record group 111, national archives at college park, college park, md. In this third lecture in the medicine and the civil war series, professor delbanco will speak about the political and cultural situations leading up to the war between the states, and public health organizations that arose as a direct result of the need to care for the wounded and sick. Medical books about civil war medicine and surgery. Soo suk kim war 1966 soo suk kim, a 22yearold art student, painted war in 1966 as a gift to his brotherinlaw, captain franklin d. Written for general readers and scholars alike, this firstofits kind encyclopedia will help all civil war enthusiasts to better understand this amazing medical saga. Students will use the previsit civil war medicine worksheet to write down their observations. Prior to the war, humoral theory where an imbalance between the bodys humours caused illnessstill.
Great book with lots of information and illustrations about the state of medicine during the american civil war. For students preparing to enter the field, medical training focused largely on book knowledge. Up to that time most practitioners had learned medicine by apprenticeship but this began to change in the early nineteenth century. Civil war medicine american medicine was still in a dark age. Civil war surgeons at petersburg library of congress during the 1860s, doctors had yet to develop bacteriology and were generally ignorant of the causes of disease. Physician and civil war history expert thomas sweeney explains the myths and realities of civil war medicine in this article. The involvement of african americans in medicine in the civil war era is an untold chapter in our history.
These four books are examples of the types of medical books available to the public during the civil war period. Civil war medicine illustrated living history series. Abstract the author of this reference book, a medical historian, has done the history of american medicine a great service by producing this absorbing, vivid, impartial and scholarly account of medical education in. The strength of civil war medicine is the interdisciplinary approach that bollet utilizes. The national museum of civil war medicine, inc frederick, 2001. American civil war ebooks for all free ebooks download. The encyclopedia of civil war medicine book download free. Sanitary commission and helped to select and train nurses for war work. A collection of civil war era surgical manuals and medical books for the u. The army medical department, 18181865 army center of military. Before the civil war, armies tended to be small, largely because of the logistics of supply and training.
Download the encyclopedia of civil war medicine free books. Medical training for doctors, sur geons or physicians was barely adequate, and even medi cal school graduates had very little experience. Physicians and health care professionals interested in medical history, particularly civil war medicine, and those without a medical background seeking a greater understanding of. More americans died in the civil war than in all other wars combined.
Medical and surgical care during the american civil war. Challenges and triumphs is the final word in the history of medicine in the civil war. A civil war buff, he spent months combing the national archives in washington, the armed forces medical school and libraries in virginia and north carolina for information on confederate medicine. Bollet offers a well researched and well written monograph that explores the evolution of medicine throughout our most terrible national tragedy. Jones, who was serving as a division psychiatrist in vietnam. Civil war medical books for the home american civil war. Tompkinsmccaw library special collections and archives reference e621.
Civil war medicine journal of student scholarhip tcnj. Keith wilbur takes you on a detailed and fascinating tour through the medical history of this bloody and devastating war. Hamilton was the author of several books on military service. Nurses, surgeons, and physicians rose to the challenge of healing a nation and advanced medicine into the modern age. Medical text books and surgical manuals articles on civil war medicine see our articles on civil war medicine. Military medicine general surgery american civil war united states. Civil war union surgical manuals and medical books.
United states history civil war, 18611865 the american war. Books wanted list the list of books below are wanted if published between 1858 and 1865. We are interested in any civil war medical books that are marked u. Books civil war medicine research guides at virginia. Two percent of the population at the time approximately 620,000 died during the conflict.
Provides links to a variety of resources related to the medical aspects of the american civil war. The literature on the war is so vast you could spend a lifetime reading really good books about it. There was a lot in the book i had not heard before. Combat and the medical mindsetthe enduring effect of civil war medical innovation. List of essential manuals, medical, and surgical books. Civil war medical books is a site dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of medical and surgical manuals used in the civil war, especially those marked u. Jonathan letterman, the civil war doctor who pioneered battlefield medicene. This hiatus in our knowledge has now been ably filled by dr alfred j bollet, professor of medicine at yale, who has documented for us, in this well written and nicely illustrated book, the facts and figures of the medical aspects of the war, together with numerous vignettes of the leading physicians and of their patients, both famous and unknown.
When the civil war broke out, pioneering doctors elizabeth and emily blackwell were involved in the establishment of the u. In this wellresearched and wellwritten book, alfred jay bollet, md, a clinical professor of medicine at yale university who has published numerous articles on civil war healthcare, shows us an. Michael echols buys civil war surgery books, manuals, and surgical sets. Medical care could be effective, and it could make a difference in disease and injury outcomes. These books were used in civil war medicine and contributed greatly to the medical personnel during the war. While medicine had not advanced much since the middle ages, weapons had become very proficient at killing and causing horrible wounds. Civil war medicine articles american battlefield trust.
Eleven southern slave states declared their secession from the u. Logistical problems, overwhelmed medical staff, and wartime inexperience are some of the problems he talks about. Walt whitman remarked on the plethora of hospitals around washington d. Reminiscences of my life in camp with the 33rd united states colored troops late 1st s. The title of the book is reminiscences of my life in camp. Prior to the civil war, american medicine was still in a dark age. Principles of medical command and support medicine and war medicine in lowintensity conflict partiii. Download pdf the encyclopedia of civil war medicine free. Notes on the surgery of the war in the crimea, the treatment of gunshot wounds, 1862, by george macleod, m. An illustrated compendium of the everyday language. During the civil war, both sides were devastated by battle and disease.
A collection of civil war era surgical manuals and books for the u. The medical and surgical history of the war of the. Book pdf ocr text metadata dublin core this volume is part of a multivolume set. All of the above are available from amazon, some on kindle. The story of civil war medicinethe staggering challenge of treating wounds and disease on both sides of the conflictis one of the most compelling aspects of the war. Medicine in the united states was woefully behind europe. Preparing in peace for war 1994 war psychiatry 1995 medical aspects of chemical and biological warfare military medical ethics part ii. Head first web design pdf p l soni inorganic chemistry pdf 20 ways to draw everything blood, sweat, and pixels. Well written and detailed, this book is a must for any civil war medical enthusiast. The history was divided into three parts, each consisting of a medical history volume and a surgical.
Though some students took an added step of apprenticing with an already practicing physician, the vast majority of doctors had little to. Rebecca sharp archives specialist national archives washington, dc rebecca sharp is an archives specialist in the national archives reference section, textual records division, in washington. Clearly organized, authoritative, and readable, the. Journal articles on the civil war medicine civil war. Each station will have items from the civil war hospital traveling trunk or a printout of the item if the trunk is not used. For example, chloroform and ether anesthesia meant most surgery occurred with the. Medicine would advance significantly over the next several years, but it was too late for those wounded during the civil war. The health crisis of the american civil war, i begin from a different perspective, recognizing that there was such a thing as good medicine and bad medicine during the war. Medicine and the civil war series harvard university.1217 617 687 881 1013 846 342 1071 294 1027 327 469 1104 575 207 843 1428 1362 1453 955 1437 673 1451 1084 646 237 907 248 341 1373 1265 633 883 1064 887 628 1288 608 456