Civil War Medicine: Challenges and Triumphs
Written by Alfred Jay Bollet, M.D.
Are amputations on screaming, anesthetized men your image of Civil War medicine? Even the author was surprised to find that such images present a distorted view of what is actually a remarkable story of healthcare worker’s dedication and heroism in the fave of a terrible war.
Using a blend of first-person accounts, historical data, and modern medical knowledge, Dr. Alfred Jay Bollet revisits the battlefields, hospitals, and horrific conditions in which the Civil War surgeons labored. He details the first dismal year, when w war expected to last a few short months instead left tens of thousands of soldiers dead and wounded. The widely reported tragedies of that year are the images of Civil War medicine that have endured.
Civil War Medicine: Challenges and Triumphs shows, however, that after the first year, the medical teams of both the North and the South delivered care and produced survival rates for diseases and injuries far better than either the civilian physicians of the time or European practitioners in subsequent wars. Rising to the unprecedented challenges of an unexpectedly long and brutal war, they developed practices and techniques that later became standard components of battlefield and disaster medicine.
In the face of devastating shortages of medical supplies and equipment, Civil War surgeons organized a trained ambulance corps, a field hospital system, and huge, well-run military hospitals. The first organized nursing corps admirable served both sides – a great personal risk.
Dr, Bollet challenges the outdated images of barbaric and ignorant practitioners – replacing them with a balanced narrative of the heroic efforts of the largely unsung Civil War physicians and nurses. The Civil War provided a true test of American Medicine;s ability to adapt, innovate, and provide quality care in extraordinary times; Civil War Medicine: Challenges and Triumphs shows that it did just that.
Hardcover, 489 pages.