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March 14, 1977

Confederate States Medical and Surgical Journal

JAMA. 1977;237(11):1155-1156. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270380099035

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During the period of the Civil War, a vast amount of medical and surgical data accumulated in the northern states, but relatively little has come down to us about medicine in the Confederate states. Thanks to the New York Academy of Medicine, we now have available the reprinting of an extremely rare journal, Confederate States Medical and Surgical Journal. This had a relatively short life during the tragic terminal part of the Civil War. The first volume comprised 12 monthly issues starting with January 1864. Volume 2 began bravely in 1865, with good prospects and considerable self-congratulation for having done so well in the preceding year. But after two issues, the journal permanently suspended publication. Thus, only 14 issues were published altogether. These—the entire run—are reproduced in facsimile with a splendid introduction by William D. Sharpe, MD.

The reprint permits us to look into a vanished era and see not