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Bleeding Blue and Gray : Civil War surgery and the evolution of American medicine

Author: Ira M Rutkow
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2005]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this major contribution to our understanding of America's bloodiest conflict, surgeon and medical historian Rutkow argues that it is impossible to grasp the realities of the Civil War without an awareness of the state of American medicine at the time. The use of ether and chloroform remained crude, and they were often unavailable--so many surgical procedures were performed without anesthesia, on the battleground  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rutkow, Ira M.
Bleeding Blue and Gray.
New York : Random House, ©2005
(OCoLC)657617325
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ira M Rutkow
ISBN: 0375503153 9780375503153
OCLC Number: 54974424
Description: xviii, 394 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface --
Acknowledgments --
ch. 1. It was like the days when there was no King in Israel! --
ch. 2. The people of this state have been bled long enough --
ch. 3. It is a good big work I have in hand --
ch. 4. He is our man --
ch. 5. The horror of war can never be known but on the field --
ch. 6. We get lousy! and dirty --
ch. 7. In heaven's name let it be done --
ch. 8. The profession of medicine has hitherto grievously failed --
ch. 9. There were none for whom it was impossible to provide --
Epilogue --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Ira M. Rutkow.
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In this major contribution to our understanding of America's bloodiest conflict, surgeon and medical historian Rutkow argues that it is impossible to grasp the realities of the Civil War without an awareness of the state of American medicine at the time. The use of ether and chloroform remained crude, and they were often unavailable--so many surgical procedures were performed without anesthesia, on the battleground or in a field hospital. This meant that "clinical concerns were often of less consequence than the swiftness of the surgeon's knife." Also, the existence of pathogenic microorganisms was still unknown, as was disinfection. From the soldiers who endured the ravages of combat to the government officials who directed the war machine, from the good Samaritans who organized aid commissions to the nurses who cared for the wounded, this book presents a story of suffering, politics, character, and, ultimately, healing.--From publisher description.

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