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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting overview on the history of civil war medicine, December 25, 2007
This review is from: Images Of Civil War Medicine (Paperback)
Who was the first medical officer who died during the Civil War? Who were medical cadets and what role did they play in war? What was the origin of the phrase "4F"? Who was Ms. Dorothea Dix? The answers to these questions and so many more are waiting for you behind the pages of "Images of Civil War Medicine".

This book provides a good overview over some of the more important aspects of medical history in the Civil War. This book provides a brief history of early photography and how it relates to improvements of medical imaging leading up to the Civil War. It included a history of mobile field hospitals, the ambulance system for moving wounded soldiers, and discussed the role of civilian doctors and dentists during the time of war. The role of female nurses and their role providing medical care during the Civil War, a subject that appears to be rarely discussed in history, was given its own chapter and stands out as one of the most informative and interesting chapters in the book.

Like many books, in certain areas the book could have used more editing to make the sentences flow more smoothly and to implement a wider variety of sentence structure. Also, there were a few grammatical mistakes that are easy to notice. However, since this review is based on an advance reader's copy, these issues might be resolved in the final version.

This book is best suited for those who would prefer an overview of this area or a quick reference to Civil War medicine, such as students of history, medical history, history of science, etc. Civil War re-enactors may also enjoy this for the never before published photos although they may prefer a book which provides more in-depth information.
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