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  1. Civil War Medicine (Illustrated Living History Series)
    Civil War Medicine (Illustrated Living History Series)
    Civil War Medicine (Illustrated Living History Series)
    Civil War Medicine (Illustrated Living History Series)
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  2. Civil War Medicine (Illustrated Living History Series)

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    Price R470.00

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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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C. Keith Wilbur
Globe Pequot Press
Globe Pequot Press
Globe Pequot Press
Globe Pequot Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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... Read more
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... Read more
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.
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