Blood and Germs
The Civil War took the lives of more than 600,000 men. Bullet wounds were deadly, but twice as many soldiers died from disease – pneumonia, diarrhea, typhoid fever, measles and smallpox. Tens of thousands who survived the war were permanently disabled or disfigured. Yet out of this tragedy came medical progress. Doctors and nurses gained valuable experience treating the injured and sick. Military and medical officials recognized that proper sanitation in camps and hospitals could save lives. Improvements to the ambulance service and hospital system lowered the fatality rate. An expert at blending science and history, Gail Jarrow relied heavily on primary documents – first hand accounts, medical case studies, archival photographs, and art – to revel the true stories behind the battle against wounds and disease.
Hardcover. 176 pages.