Civil War Hospital Sketches

Before her wider fame as the author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott achieved recognition for her accounts of her work as a volunteer nurse in an army hospital. Written during the winter of 1862-63, her lively dispatches revealed the desperate realities of battlefield medicine as well as the tentative first steps of women in military service. By Louisa May Alcott. Paperback, 73 pages.

Civil War Medicine

Civil War Medicine, by C. Keith Wilbur. Takes you on a detailed and fascinating 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 the challenges presented to physicians with each new battle and the often heroic ways those challenges were met. (119 pages, 11 x 8.5, Paperback)

Richmond's Wartime Hospitals

Richmond's Wartime Hospitals, by Rebecca Barbour Calcutt. While medical science made several advances during the Civil War, the doctors and hospitals in the Southern states faced overwhelming casulaties with few supplies and inadequate personnel. This book illustrates how exhausted resources rapidly defeated heroic Confederate medical efforts. (224 pages, 8.5 x 5.75, Hardcover)

Doctors in Blue: The Medical History of the Union Army in the Civil War

Similar in scope to H. H. Cunningham's Doctors in Gray, George Worthington Adams' Doctors in Blue remains the definitive work on medical history of the Union army. Adams calculates that 300,000 Union soldiers lost their lives during the war. Confederate attacks account for only a third of these deaths, disease for the rest. In addition, there were a startling 400,000 wounded or injured and almost 6,000,000 cases of illness. Undoubtably, behind the sickness and mortality statistics of the Civil War lie ignorance and inefficiency.
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