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Doctors in Blue: The Medical History of the Union Army in the Civil War Paperback – October 1, 1996
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This effort came from industry, from the medical profession, and so profoundly, volunteers!
The "comfort" level of the average Northern soldier may be higher than some expect, although in too many cases the conditions were totally appalling...and no Sanitary Commission could possibly help these cases.
There is much medical science presented - along with a very detailed accounting of old and new methodology, at the time. The healthcare "industry" actually took a great leap forward from the treatment history of these wounded warriors.
The historian will be fascinated by the many photos included. Makes one realize this was the first war that "the media" concentrated on...except that the hospitalization of the combat and disease victims was perhaps the only non-mythic representation.
This study makes one realize that if the Northern fighters often suffered greatly, what happened down South, without the capacity of the Northern big cities.
As a student of Dr. Adams, I had the intestinal fortitude to review his book as a class project.
Not only was I a history major, I had just been discharged from the Army having served three years as a medic.
I was fairly critical of Dr. Adams book. Although history is its long suit, it falls a little short in the "medical facts" department.
For example, he glossed over the infection which could be caused by a slow moving minie-ball travelling through already soiled clothing. Without the benefits of anti-biotics, this was one of the leading causes of death during the Civil War.
Nonetheless, it is an excellent treatment of a rather specialized subject.
P.S. Dr. Adams gave my an "A" on my project.