Gangrene and Glory: Medical Care During the American Civil War
Dealing with the civil war, this title takes a close look at the battlefield doctors in whose hands rested the lives of thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers. It also examines the impact on major campaigns - Manassas, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Shiloh, Atlanta - of ignorance, understaffing, inexperience, and overcrowded hospitals.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jcbrunner - LibraryThing
I was recommended this booklet by the staff of Antietam National Battlefield Pry House Field Hospital Museum. It is filled with amazing nuggets about Civil War medicine and its influence on the war ... Read full review
Definitely not well-written for a layperson, but it was a thesis turned into a book. A harrowing and frightening look at medical care during the Civil War, Freemon mixes dry statistics and summary of the battles with gruesome anecdotes of the wounds and deaths of individual soldiers. The medical care comes across as horrifying, possibly worse than the battles, with long lines of wounded watching amputations literally pile up in front of them. The impact of disease on battles, armies, and the entire war, is surprising, but well-supported with tables of statistics. Truly make you appreciate modern medicine.