Marrow of Tragedy The Health Crisis of the American Civil War

ISBN-10: 1421409992
ISBN-13: 9781421409993
Edition: 2013
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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 8/20/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

The Civil War was the greatest health disaster the United States has ever experienced, killing more than a million Americans and leaving many others invalided or grieving. Poorly prepared to care for wounded and sick soldiers as the war began, Union and Confederate governments scrambled to provide doctoring and nursing, supplies, and shelter for those felled by warfare or disease. During the war soldiers suffered from measles, dysentery, and pneumonia and needed both preventive and curative food and medicine. Family members—especially women—and governments mounted organized support efforts, while army doctors learned to standardize medical thought and practice. Resources in the north helped return soldiers to battle, while Confederate soldiers suffered hunger and other privations and healed more slowly, when they healed at all.In telling the stories of soldiers, families, physicians, nurses, and administrators, historian Margaret Humphreys concludes that medical science was not as limited at the beginning of the war as has been portrayed. Medicine and public health clearly advanced during the war—and continued to do so after military hostilities ceased.

Margaret Humphreys is the Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine, a professor of history, and an associate clinical professor of medicine at Duke University. She is the author of Malaria: Poverty, Race, and Public Health in the United States, also published by Johns Hopkins.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Call and Response
Understanding Civil War Medicine
Women, War, and Medicine
Infectious Disease in the Civil War
Connecting Home to Hospital and Camp: The Work of the USSC
The Sanitary Commission and Its Critics
The Union's General Hospital
Medicine for a New Nation
Confederate Medicine: Disease, Wounds, and Shortages
Mitigating the Horrors of War
A Public Health Legacy
Medicine in Postwar America
Afterword
Notes
Index

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