Nurses' and doctors' own words add an additional poignancy to a history which often relies on statistics and formal reports. Includes selections from Louisa May Alcott and Walt Whitman, both of whom served as nurses.
The care of the sick, wounded, and dying during the American Civil War was a complex endeavor that brought ordinary men and women into contact with the terror of the battlefield. Hospital Transports is a compilation of letters and other papers written by physicians and nurses serving aboard the Union hospital steamboat Daniel Webster in the summer of 1862. The text details sleeping arrangements, cooking and feeding schedules, medical practices, and the incorporation of liberated slaves from the Lee plantation into the daily work of the ship. Clearly described are the emotional, visceral reactions of the corps of medical personnel who, as their ship makes its way along the Potomac picking up casualties, question the philosophies at the root of war, and the metaphysical questions concerning the definitions of life and death.
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Louisa's account of her time in a Washington hospital is full of her signature empathy and humor--with shades of Jo March coming to the fore. She contracted a dangerous illness while nursing there that was to plague her the rest of her life.
A very readable work that looks at both sides of the conflict and particular areas of interest: Medicine at Sea, Stonewall Jackson Struck by Friendly Fire, The Introduction of Women Nurses, and more. Many photos.
Considered a classic work on the medical history of the Union Army, Adams account has many fascinating statistics and tells the story behind them. For example, only 1/3 of the 300,000 Union soldiers who died during the Civil War were killed by the Confederate Army. Disease took the rest. Also available: Doctors in Gray.
Bollet compares Civil War medicine to that used during the Crimean War (shortly before) and during the Franco-German War (immediately after) and comes to the somewhat surprising conclusion that the Americans were doing extremely well compared to their European counterparts. Lengthy and with many statistics.
First-hand accounts from letters, journals, reports, and diaries from both sides of the conflict tell the story of the struggle to treat the wounded in the Civil War. Items are arranged chronologically from January 1862 to October 1865. Includes black and white photos.
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