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Surgeon in Blue: Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War Doctor Who Pioneered Battlefield Care Paperback – July 28, 2015
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James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom
Jonathan Letterman’s revolutionary medical innovations touch lives every time 911 is called for a trauma incident, a patient arrives at an emergency room, a medic treats a wounded warrior, or medical supplies are delivered to a disaster zone. Thanks to Scott McGaugh, Letterman can be introduced to a world that already benefits from his legacy.”
George Wunderlich, executive director, National Museum of Civil War Medicine
This is an important book, whose author has thoroughly and ably researched the underside of warfare: namely, the travails of the wounded soldier from being abandoned on the battlefield to becoming the object of compassionate care.”
John S. Haller Jr., emeritus professor of history and medical humanities, Southern Illinois University
In this eloquent and engaging portrait of the legendary medical strategist, Scott McGaugh reminds us that Jonathan Letterman’s spirit lives on today in every corpsman and medic, at every forward medical facility, and at every hospital in theater.”
André B. Sobocinski, historian, Office of Medical History, Bureau of Medicine & Surgery, United States Navy
Stirring . . . In addition to being an incisive portrait of the great doctor and leader, McGaugh’s history is a testament to the brave men to whom Letterman dedicated his life.”Publishers Weekly
Solid, well-researched . . . A nicely crafted biography that also offers Civil War buffs an unusual ambulance-wagon view of the great conflict."Kirkus Reviews
Verdict McGaugh provides military history buffs, particularly those interested in military medicine, with a well-rounded picture of a man who greatly influenced our delivery of medical care for wounded warriors.”Library Journal
Adds a sobering tone to the 150th anniversary of a conflict that advanced medical care at a terrible cost. . . . McGaugh provides telling details within a concise narrative to give Letterman's personal story the context necessary for appreciating his influence.”Associated Press
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The only reason for not giving five stars is that it becomes repetitive at the end.
Overall, a great read.
This wonderful book shows us not to forget new ways of medicine and what might be done for us if we will just look and listen right now, and not forget what we have learned while people are dying because of neglect and superstition.
A fascinating look at the ACW through medical eyes, and battle synopsis.
Political intrigue and political advancement were the order of the day, even in the "liberated colonies",
Total lack of insight and learning from 'history' led to unacceptable casualties .
Carnage and mayhem following the battle are well described, and i wish the book had just concentrated on his military career.
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