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Death Is in the Breeze: Disease During the American Civil War

Bonnie Brice Dorwart
Format
Book
Published
Frederick, MD : NMCWM Press, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 2009.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
ISBN
9780971223363, 097122336X
Summary
"The present work, a product of six years of research using primary sources of the 1840s, 1850s, and 1860s, focuses on the pharmacopoeias, medical dictionaries, textbooks, scientific journals, and lectures available to doctors and medical students of the time -- what physicians caring for soldiers in the war knew, and when they knew it. The book also looks at how medical conditions encountered by the Civil War surgeon were treated then, how those entities would be treated now, and when knowledge leading to current therapies became available"--Introduction.
Contents
  • The star from Shiloh
  • The making of a Civil War surgeon
  • Disease steals through the camps
  • Diarrhea and dysentery : bloody, but not from bullets
  • Rheumatism : soldiers in bed, not in battle
  • Bronchitis and catarrh
  • Abscesses, carbuncles and boils
  • Mercury without Venus : mercurials in the treatment of non-venereal diseases
  • Mercury after Venus : the use of mercury to treat Syphilis
  • How did Civil War surgeons keep current with the medical advances of their day?
  • Implementing and accruing medical knowledge : not a simple matter
  • The legacy of Civil War surgeons.
Description
xiv, 170 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 28 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 162-166) and index.
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