A Modern Perspective of American Medical Care of Civil War Soldiers and African Slaves
This book, authored by RN Paulette Snoby, was interesting, though not the best written book I've ever read.
The somewhat choppy writing of the book does not detract from the information Ms. Snoby covers. She actually begins her telling long before the Civil War with Revolutionary War medicine. She discusses hospital, medical theories, innovations, experiments, common diseases, etc.
The first four chapters cover Antebellum medicine--primarily for whites.
The fifth through seventh chapters concern the Negro medicine--both plantation care and otherwise. (It is here that I had one particular caveat...even while in the midst of describing the care that the slave-owners took of their slaves, she simultaneously adheres to the common myth that slave-owners tended to be uncaring of their slaves bodies and well being. There is a bit of dichotomy here.)
The eighth chapter covers the soldier's medical care during the war while the ninth, and final, chapter sums up the advances and the sometimes accidental breakthroughs made during the war in the medical field.
All in all, I would not hesitate to recommend this book as a brief overview of the period's medical system.
A Reformed Presbyterian girl who enjoys a good movie or a good book any ol'
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