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by C. Keith Wilbur

Free eBook Civil War Medicine (Illustrated Living History Series) download ISBN: 0762703415
Author: C. Keith Wilbur
Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; 1st edition (October 1, 1998)
Language: English
Pages: 128
Category: Historical
Subcategory: Americas
Size MP3: 1341 mb
Size FLAC: 1994 mb
Rating: 4.4
Format: lrf docx lit azw

Dr. C. Keith Wilbur takes you on a detailed and fascinating tour through the medical history of this bloody and devastating war.
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As other reviewers have noted, the font is terrible! It looks like cramped handwriting--and takes up twice or more of the space that conventional fonts might use. (I'm including a picture of the printed text, so you can decide whether you want to deal with it, yourself.). Personally, I get physically ill trying to read it--and have to stop, now and again, in order to decipher a word. (Gee, just like real handwriting!). Or go medicate my headache.

I bought this book to prepare for giving tours of a new Civil War medical exhibit at a local museum. And the content is actually really great for that! There is plenty in the pages here--including copious drawings of everything from medical instruments, to hardtack, to prominent female nurses, etc. And topics range well beyond medicine to discussions of how Union/Confederate armies were outfitted, sheltered, and fed.

At the back, there are extensive tables (in standard, readable font) with some of the best information in the book: For example, how many amputations, by body part, were made during the war-- and their relative survival rates (eg, 83% died when amputations were at the hip; 29%, at a shoulder joint). There are lists of drugs generally carried on medicine wagons (...the Union would carry morphine--as well as "mercury pills"-- while Confederates did not.). Most of this material is reprinted from "Medicine of the Civil War," published by the National Library of Medicine. (If I'd known, maybe that's the book I should have actually gotten-- at least, I'd be able to read it.)
I was very impressed with the information and organization of the medical environment in the Civil War. Beginning with a brief history of Medicine in the 19th Century, it gives the reader a frightening look and how primitive and dirty medical practice was then. The Principles of Microbiology were in their infancy then. Pasteur and Lister were mainly in Europe, The lessons from the Crimean War were still being learned. The pictures of the Instrumentation and vehicles was very interesting. This was a very thorough coverage of the Medical service during the Civil War. The growth and positive influence of the Sanitation Committee was inspiring in what dedicated civilians can do to help with the problems in war and have a direct and indirect effect on the life of the Soldier for the better. Disease was the worst enemy in war.
Dr. C. Keith Wilbur has finally done what no other author of the subject has managed. To distill and condense all the massive amount of information out there about medicine of the 19th century; with particular focus on the emergency and long term treatment of soldiers. So many other authors write extensively about the subject as if their work is to be the textbook for university studies. However, I needed only a good dusting in the general basics of Civil War time medicine, not a dust storm. While some authors can expend a full chapter on the set up of a field hospital, Dr. Wilbur takes only a few paragraphs.

Even though this book target audience may be youth, Dr. Wilbur will insert medical technical terms such as tracheotomy, pleurisy, tonsillar abscess, diaphoretics, Trepanation surgery. I have a familiarity with all these terms, except for terpanation; I had to look that one up. It lends authenticity and authority to his work, but youth may need a medical dictionary to follow along in a few places.

The book is part of the Illustrated Living History Series and features simulated hand made drawings of the instruments and reproductions of other Civil War photos. I actually like the drawings over photos for they reveal details that otherwise might not photograph well. In keeping with the "Living History" theme, the text is about a 12 but in a hand-writing font. This made initial reading hard for someone with poor eyesight. I am not completely sure that part of some letters were not missing. The text takes a little getting used to.

If you want a "Cliff Notes" or "Readers Digest" guide to Civil War Medicine, then I would recommend this book.
HORRENDOUSLY UNINTELLIGIBLE FONT used throughout this book, as the previous reviewer mentioned. The FONT is extremely irritating to the eyes after reading just a few pages! WHAT were these publishers thinking? The book is read for INFORMATION and thus, that information should be accessible. As is, this is some editor's, or publisher's, wacky and misguided idea of a quaint, authentic, hand-written "look." The font reminds me of those awful, freebie, handwriting fonts you find on the web. A huge mistake. The information is interesting if you can get past the irritation of reading it. Worth more than this monstrosity of a presentation.
A helpful resource. I knocked off a star because the font isn't easy to read. I understand it's supposed to look like handwriting, but it was distracting. Nevertheless, the information and illustrations gave me what I needed to better understand medical treatment of the era.
I bought this as reference material for the Steampunk medical doctor persona I am creating. This book has wonderful information on the procedures, techniques, and practices of medical staff in the latter half of the 1800s. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Civil War or Victorian medical history!
It and his Revolutionary War Medicine woke me up to the medicine practiced in the early days of the United States.
Great deal