Civil War Medicine 1861-1865
Illustrated Living History Series
Written by C. Keith Wilbur, M.D.
The Civil War created both crises and opportunities never before imagined by the medical profession. Doctors of the time were not prepared to deal with the staggering number and nature of wounds inflicted. And often, absolute necessity mothered many inventions, from new surgical instruments to the logistics of providing ambulance service on the battlefield. The brutal reality of the war pushed doctors to a new level of medical and surgical knowledge.
In Civil War Medicine 1861-1865, Dr. Keith Wilbur takes you on a detailed and facilitating tour through the medical history of this bloody and devastating war. Hundreds of illustrations, combined with well-researched and engaging text, tell the tale of challenges presented to physicians with each new battle and often heroic ways those challenges were met.
Discover and learn
– how outmoded theories hobbled doctors in the field.
– the stories of the women who first entered a “man’s army” as nurses.
– details about the field hospitals, from the different kinds of bandages used to the diseases and wounds the doctors treated.
– details of the day’s surgical practices, medications, and anesthesia.