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May 22/29, 2002

Civil War MedicineCivil War Medicine: Challenges and Triumphs

Author Affiliations
 

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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by Alfred Jay Bollet, 512 pp, with illus, $44.95, ISBN 1-883620-08-2, Tucson, Ariz, Galen Press, 2002.

JAMA. 2002;287(20):2718-2719. doi:10.1001/jama.287.20.2718-JBK0522-3-1

Put quite simply, this new volume on medical and surgical care during the Civil War is the most accurate and extensive treatment of the subject to date. Its nearly 500 pages reflect the extent of Dr Bollet's research and the expanse of information imparted.

Along with detailed and balanced information, this work separates fact from fiction, history from folklore, and sets the record straight when it comes to Civil War medicine and surgery. Bollet artistically details the innovations and state-of-the-era care given by the vastly underappreciated doctors, hospital stewards, and nurses who sacrificed and diligently served during the conflict. Bollet presents an accurate history not only of Civil War medicine and surgery, but of anything associated with this care. Detailed chapters cover Civil War hospitals and their evolution, nursing care, weapons, the development of medical transport systems, and even Civil War dentistry. This is not a simple history text but an entertaining and gripping expose of the way injury and illness were treated during this medical era. The treatment modalities for more than two dozen of the most common medical maladies afflicting soldiers are detailed in their own sections.

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