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Images Of Civil War Medicine

Images Of Civil War Medicine

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Published by Demos Health
"With this beautifully illustrated photographic history, the acclaimed author of Civil War Medicine: Challenges and Triumphs has taken his expertise one step further and illuminated this history in images.Images of Civil War Medicine: A Photographic History is an extensive collection of never-before-published photographs taken during the Civil War. It provides a visual encyclopedia of medical facilities, individual surgeons, and other medically related phenomena, accompanied by a text describing the main features of Civil War medicine. Although there are many books containing photographs of the Civil War, this is the first to cover medical treatment facilities in this era. A perfect gift for Civil War buffs, historians, and medical history enthusiasts, the text of this beautiful picture book also gives a complete overview of the medical experiences of the Civil War. The books extensive collection of individual Civil War surgeons displaying their uniforms and equipment will be of especial interest to Civil War reenactors, and its depiction of existing pre-war structures converted to hospitals will fascinate those interested in contemporary architecture. A major strength of the book is its large number of Cartes de Visites, or photographs of individual surgeons, which descendants of Civil War participants often collect.Images of Civil War Medicine: A Photographic History covers all the main features of Civil War Medicine, including: Confederate aspects of Civil War medicineContemporary prominent medical educatorsCivil War hospitals and hospital stewardsField hospitals Surgery, dentistry, and embalming NursingWith hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, Images of Civil War Medicine: A Photographic History is an essential addition to any enthusiasts collection."
"With this beautifully illustrated photographic history, the acclaimed author of Civil War Medicine: Challenges and Triumphs has taken his expertise one step further and illuminated this history in images.Images of Civil War Medicine: A Photographic History is an extensive collection of never-before-published photographs taken during the Civil War. It provides a visual encyclopedia of medical facilities, individual surgeons, and other medically related phenomena, accompanied by a text describing the main features of Civil War medicine. Although there are many books containing photographs of the Civil War, this is the first to cover medical treatment facilities in this era. A perfect gift for Civil War buffs, historians, and medical history enthusiasts, the text of this beautiful picture book also gives a complete overview of the medical experiences of the Civil War. The books extensive collection of individual Civil War surgeons displaying their uniforms and equipment will be of especial interest to Civil War reenactors, and its depiction of existing pre-war structures converted to hospitals will fascinate those interested in contemporary architecture. A major strength of the book is its large number of Cartes de Visites, or photographs of individual surgeons, which descendants of Civil War participants often collect.Images of Civil War Medicine: A Photographic History covers all the main features of Civil War Medicine, including: Confederate aspects of Civil War medicineContemporary prominent medical educatorsCivil War hospitals and hospital stewardsField hospitals Surgery, dentistry, and embalming NursingWith hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, Images of Civil War Medicine: A Photographic History is an essential addition to any enthusiasts collection."

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Published by: Demos Health on Mar 14, 2013
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9781932603392
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plumdog28_1 reviewed this
Rated 2/5
While an interesting subject, and a story often undertold, this book fails to deliver anything more than a broad overview of buildings, persons, and techniques that formed a part of the medical realm during the Civil War. In fact, some of the most specific information provided relates not to Civil War medicine, but Civil War-era photography. Ultimately, this was a disappointing read.
cicero_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
My great great grandfather served in the Massachusetts 32nd Infantry and died in a Union field hospital in Alexandria, Virginia. Like most Civil War casualties, he died of disease, not of gunshot. So it was with great interest that I read Dammann's photographic history of Civil War medicine. Although I did not find a photograph of the specific hospital or attending surgeon that worked on my ancestor -- a long shot hope I had entertained -- I did find much here that brought to light this aspect of the Civil War and gave me a better appreciation for life and death in the field hospitals. "Images of Civil War Medicine" is an important reference for family historians with ancestors killed or injured in the Civil War.
goddardguy reviewed this
The book was well -written and informative. While it did not bring to light much that is new to the discourse regarding Civil War medicine, it was well-researched and engaging. My biggest problem with the book is the reproduction of the photographic images. It is ironic that the book focuses on Civil War medical imagery and then the publishers choose the cheapest, least adaptive paper for the reproduction of drawings and photographs. Mr. Dammann was done a disservice. The pictures were so mottled and blurred because of the paper stock chosen for the book, that they were useless as companion pieces to the narrative.
dougwood57 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This thin volume (191 pages) is a testament to mediocrity. And given the title, Images of Civil War Medicine, I will admit that a ghoulish interest in seeing photos of horrible Civil War wounds led me to request this book from the Early Readers freebies. Perhaps then it served me right that the book only contains a handful of such photos.Instead the book mainly consists of photos of Civil War hospitals, surgeons, educators, and nurses. The text provides straightforward (not to say turgid) descriptions of each category. That the book steadfastly avoids flights of flowery rhetoric is best evidenced by the title of chapter 4 "A Variety of Topics".The book does provide some interesting information, for example about the ambulance system that was developed only after two years of brutal warfare demonstrated the absolute necessity for such conveyances. Devoted Civil War buffs (and I don't like that term much, but it's better than fanatics) may find the book of some interest. Likewise close students of medical history. Everyone else will meet their needs by a quick browse.
tjwilliams_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Originally, I thought Images of Civil War Medicine would be akin to The Medical and Surgical History of the Civil War, but it is far different, and not for the better. The images—mostly unpublished photographs from the personal collections of avid Civil War collectors and authors Gordon Dammann and Alfred Jay Bollet—have nothing to do with the practice of medicine during the Civil War and instead focus on the practitioners. The book reads like a reference work on Civil War doctors and hospitals, as opposed to an actual history text. Medical educators, nurses, ambulances, hospitals, and Cartes de Visite are among the topics covered in the work, but none are discussed in depth. While there are hundreds of photographs in the brief 192 pages, the actual history is quite shallow, focusing only on specific individuals or specific hospital.Ultimately, I found the photographs interesting, but the history thin and spotty. The only reason to purchase Images of Civil War Medicine is if you find Civil War photographs or pictures of doctors, nurses, and hospitals interesting. There just is not enough history to defend the purchase of this work as a history book.
estamm_4 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I enjoy looking at photos from the Civil War. This looked like an interesting book, with an emphasis on medicine. I wasn't sure what to expect (from this review copy). This book is filled with photos of the men and women who helped were involved with healing the battlefield wounded. There are a few photos of wounded soldiers, but not too many, and none are particularly gory (although the faint of heart may not want to dwell on some of them). More than just a photo album, this book gives a nice synopsis of all aspects of Civil War medicine, including dentistry, sanitation committees, nursing, hospitals... you name it. It was very interesting without being too academically oriented. The book lacks an index, which is unfortunate. Otherwise, if you are a Civil War photo junkie, check this out.
hadden_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This is a good general review of medical topics during the Civil War. It does not have the authority and depth that specialized reference books have, but it does have a number of good photographs of medical personnel and some description of their duties and experiences during the war. This book is an introduction to the topic of Civil War era medicine, and is not a final reference book.While each topic has only an overview or sampling of the subject, it does make for a good begining for further research if the reader is so minded. Like any good presentation, the chapters provoke thought rather than simply give out information, and the book leaves the reader asking for more. A suggested reading list or bibliography at the end would have been helpful.This book has the feel of several medical reenactors giving an introduction to their displays of a reconstructed Civil War hospital exhibit, one section after another. This is not a bad way to roam from topic to topic- a good introduction, but not overpowering with bucket loads of information.My review copy does not have an index, but I have been assured by the publisher an index will be provided in the final published edition.The audience for this book will be medical personnel who may not be otherwise familiar with Civil War era medicine; Civil War historians who may not otherwise be familiar with the history of medicine; geneaologists who want books that mention ancestors or show photos of their work; general Civil War library collections; school and public library history collections (it has some good "Ooh!" Aah!" and "Yuck!" photos); medical historians and medical reenactors (apparently a photo of the author in period uniform has been inserted on page 11) and Civil War civilian reenactors (nurses or Sanitary Commission reenactors).
melsmarsh reviewed this
Rated 4/5
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: A Photographic History".This book, written for the layperson, 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. There was also 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.For those of who are expecting graphic images of medical practice, such as during surgery, images of wounded, etc, there were only a few such images and only in the final chapter. The majority of the images in this book were simply photographs of medical practitioners, such as Civil War nurses and surgeons, as well as exterior photos of hospitals making it more acceptable for those with queasy stomachs. 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 that provided more in-depth information. If you are considering reading this book, you may also be interested in the "American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War."
angelic55blonde reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This book, Images of Civil War Medicine, is an interesting read with many amazing photos of civil war nurses, doctors, facilities, and more. The photos are by far the best part of the book and really bring to life what civil war era medicine was like. The book itself is easy to read and understand. It tends to read like an encyclopedia or textbook would, but less boring. The book provides a brief overview of the many topics that are encompassed under the heading of "civil war medicine." If you are looking for an indepth read on this subject, then this may not be the book for you. I loved the section on the women's contribution to the civil war via the medical route and the pictures were great. Honestly, I cannot say enough about the photos in this book. They are unique and interesting and you are really able to see what it was like way back then. I would have loved to read more about the nurses but the section was a good introduction to the subject and provided me with some new information. This is a great little collection of photographs and information on everything dealing with civil war medicine. It is not an indepth study, nor does it claim to be one, but it gives a great overview of the main features and aspectes of medicine during that time period and what it was like for those involved. I think anyone interested in this subject, or the civil war in general, should take a look at this book, if only to see the photos.
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