Marrow Of Tragedy: The Health Crisis Of The American Civil War by Margaret HumphreysMarrow Of Tragedy: The Health Crisis Of The American Civil War by Margaret Humphreys

Marrow Of Tragedy: The Health Crisis Of The American Civil War

byMargaret Humphreys

Paperback | April 16, 2017

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The Civil War was the greatest health disaster the United States has ever experienced, killing more than a million Americans and leaving many others invalided or grieving. Poorly prepared to care for wounded and sick soldiers as the war began, Union and Confederate governments scrambled to provide doctoring and nursing, supplies, and shelter for those felled by warfare or disease.

During the war soldiers suffered from measles, dysentery, and pneumonia and needed both preventive and curative food and medicine. Family members—especially women—and governments mounted organized support efforts, while army doctors learned to standardize medical thought and practice. Resources in the north helped return soldiers to battle, while Confederate soldiers suffered hunger and other privations and healed more slowly, when they healed at all.

In telling the stories of soldiers, families, physicians, nurses, and administrators, historian Margaret Humphreys concludes that medical science was not as limited at the beginning of the war as has been portrayed. Medicine and public health clearly advanced during the war—and continued to do so after military hostilities ceased.

Margaret Humphreys is the Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine, a professor of history, and a professor of medicine at Duke University. She is the author of Intensely Human: The Health of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War, Malaria: Poverty, Race, and Public Health in the United States, and Yellow Fever...
Title:Marrow Of Tragedy: The Health Crisis Of The American Civil WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.96 inPublished:April 16, 2017Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781421422770

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Editorial Reviews

Through each chapter, Humphreys challenges our understanding of mid-nineteenth-century American medicine... Humphreys has done an outstanding job presenting a comprehensive picture of the stat of health care before, during, and in the years following the Civil War... Marrow of Tragedy is a valuable contribution to the literature of the history of medicine during the Civil War and should be read by anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the time period. Margaret Humphreys is to be commended for work well done.