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February 1959

Soldier in White: The Life of General George Miller Sternberg.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(2):337-339. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270020165021

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The average layman or physician might wonder why another biography of George M. Sternberg is needed, particularly since his wife Martha wrote such an excellent one forty years ago. There is much to be said for having a more critical biographer than a loyal, devoted, and capable wife. In "Soldier in White," John M. Gibson has provided us with a sound, well-documented, and eminently readable story of a physician who began his medical experience on the battlefield at Bull Run and was captured by the Confederates after the Federal picnic turned into a Confederate field day. Gibson has the wounded going by train to Charlotte, rather than Charlottesville, an error made in the earlier biography and perhaps excusable in a North Carolinian. Sternberg escaped and made his way back to Washington, where he was to become Surgeon-General of the United States Army and a very distinguished bacteriologist, teacher, and scientist.

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