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March 1963

Doctors in Gray: The Confederate Medical Service

Arch Intern Med. 1963;111(3):398-399. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03620270124033

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Various centennial celebrations of the Civil War have become so extensive and all pervading that the general public is likely to retreat in revulsion if indeed they do not perish of a surfeit. When one looks for something to celebrate in the way of medical knowledge and medical advance from the vast carnage of this war, one finds very little to eulogize and many things to point to with substantial dissatisfaction if not indeed with anguish. Doctors in Gray, a detailed compilation of the Confederate medical effort, the fruit of a decade of intensive and extensive study, will provide the student of this era with a thoroughly documented review of military medicine as it existed in the Confederacy. It deals not only with organization in the hospitals, and the problems of supply and equipment, but with the pitiful lack of resources at the level of professional comprehension which was more

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