Years of Change and Suffering: Modern Perspectives on Civil War Medicine
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Years of Change and Suffering: Modern Perspectives on Civil War Medicine

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Correcting the pervading myths of Civil War medicine perpetuated by Hollywood dramatizations, this exploration covers how the sick and wounded were treated on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line. Through detailed research, these essays show there were actually too few amputations, contrary to popular belief; there were many advances made in the understanding and treatment o...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Edinborough Press
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Anne
Excellent essays on Civil War medicine! Lots of great references for further reading/study. Highly recommended!!
Carol
May 12, 2010 Carol rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Years of Change and Suffering is a collection of essays concerning views of Civil War Medicine.
Three of the eight essays were my favorites, “A Multiplicity of Ingenious Articles" by James M. Schmidt, "The Firm" by D. J. Canale.M.D., F.A.C.S. and "Haunted Minds" by Judith Anderson, Ph.D. I thought that the illustrations and photos in the book, including the ones on the back and cover were an excellent addition.

As I read the book, I learned more about the true situation of the medical care in the...more
Bank
A pretty remarkable story about medicine during a war where over 50% of the soldiers died from disease and amputations were the standard procedure for any Minie ball wound to the limbs. Note the Minie bal was a soft lead ball which upon impact acted exactly as the modern hollowpoint bulet ; an immediate mushroom which destroyed the limb. Although much maligned by historians and personal accounts, battlefield medicine took some big strides in the war.
For example, battlefield ambulances, artificia...more
Emily Sours
pretty good, mostly stuff i've read before, but i enjoyed "the privates were shot" (not only because that's one hell of a pun) the most. skip what you don't like and it's a great book.
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I am a hospital pharmacist by training and have worked as an editor for a pharmacy journal since 1988. As a student of Civil War medicine, I have written several scholarly articles on the topic and lecture frequently at conferences of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine (NMCWM) and the Society of Civil War Surgeons (SOCWS). I serve on the NMCWM Board of Directors and am a Director Emeritus o...more
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