- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (September 13, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809331306
- ISBN-13: 978-0809331307
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,155,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The four years of the Civil War saw bloodshed on a scale unprecedented in the history of the United States. Thousands of soldiers and sailors from both sides who survived the horrors of the war faced hardship for the rest of their lives as amputees. Now Guy R. Hasegawa presents the first volume to explore the wartime provisions made for amputees in need of artificial limbsâprograms that, while they revealed stark differences between the resources and capabilities of the North and the South, were the forebears of modern government efforts to assist in the rehabilitation of wounded service members.
Hasegawa draws upon numerous sources of archival information to offer a comprehensive look at the artificial limb industry as a whole, including accounts of the ingenious designs employed by manufacturers and the rapid advancement of medical technology during the Civil War; illustrations and photographs of period prosthetics; and in-depth examinations of the companies that manufactured limbs for soldiers and bid for contracts, including at least one still in existence today. An intriguing account of innovation, determination, humanitarianism, and the devastating toll of battle, Mending Broken Soldiers shares the never-before-told story of the artificial-limb industry of the Civil War and provides a fascinating glimpse into groundbreaking military health programs during the most tumultuous years in American history.
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Wonder no longer! Guy R. Hasegawa has produced an excellent research work that describes the political considerations and funding sources of providing upper and lower limb prosthetics to amputated soldiers, North and South. Though both programs were starkly different, they both provided artificial limbs to amputated soldiers and Mr. Hasegawa covers both programs. In the United States the artificial limb industry was not new. Industrial and farm accidents accounted for the need of an artificial limb industry. However, during and after the Civil War the artificial limb industry expanded as a result of the many surviving amputee veterans, who needed an artificial limb to continue living productive lives.
I applaud Guy Hasegawa for bring this work to the public. It adds greatly to the understanding of how amputated soldiers fared during and after the war. Highly recommended for every student of the war.
Johnnie P. Pearson
Editor - Lee and Jackson's Bloody Twelfth. The Letters of Irby Goodwin Scott, First Lieutenant, Company G, Putnam Light Infantry, Twelfth Georgia Volunteer Infantry.
With his latest book, "Mending Broken Soldiers: The Union and Confederate Programs to Supply Artificial Limbs", Guy R. Hasegawa, coeditor of "Years of Change and Suffering: Modern Perspectives on Civil War Medicine," director emeritus of the Society of Civil War Surgeons and a member the board of directors of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, has written a detailed account of the Union and Confederate programs to supply their wounded warriors with serviceable prosthetics.
Mr. Hasegawa’s remarkably detailed research covers both the Union and the Confederate efforts to supply their maimed soldiers with artificial legs and arms, their manufacturers, their manufacture and durability, the approval process, their costs, their fitting, and their maintenance. No stone of this long neglected topic is left unturned. The narrative is tilted more towards the Union efforts rather than the Confederate, but that can easily be explained by the North’s superior record keeping and surpluses of manufacturers and material over their Southern counterparts.
The author’s narrative is supported by two appendices: Makers and Inventors Associated with the Union and Confederate Artificial-Limbs Programs; and Artificial Limbs and Resection Apparatus Supplied to U.S. Soldiers and Sailors by May 10, 1866.
Too often many books published on the Civil War have subtitles such as “The Untold Story of the Civil War,” and most are topics that have been written about again and again. Guy Hasegawa’s “Mending Broken Soldiers” is one work that can justly claim (though it does not) that it is an “untold story” of the Civil War.