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Nearly two-thirds of the Civil War's approximately 750,000 fatalities were caused by disease--a staggering fact for which the American medical profession was profoundly unprepared. In the years before the war, training for physicians in the United States was mostly unregulated, and medical schools' access to cadavers for teaching purposes was highly restricted. Shauna Devine argues that in spite of these limitations, Union army physicians rose to the challenges of the war, undertaking methods of study and experimentation that would have a lasting influence on the scientific practice of medicine.

Though the war's human toll was tragic, conducting postmortems on the dead and caring for the wounded gave physicians ample opportunity to study and develop new methods of treatment and analysis, from dissection and microscopy to new research into infectious disease processes. Examining the work of doctors who served in the Union Medical Department, Devine sheds new light on how their innovations in the midst of crisis transformed northern medical education and gave rise to the healing power of modern health science.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Tables and illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. INTRODUCTION: Medical Education and the American Civil War
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. CHAPTER ONE: Circular No. 2 and the Army Medical Museum
  2. pp. 13-52
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  1. CHAPTER TWO: The Limits of Morbid Anatomy and the Development of New Medical Techniques
  2. pp. 53-93
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  1. CHAPTER THREE: Civil War Bodies and the Development of Experimental Method Erysipelas and Hospital Gangrene during the American Civil War, 1861–1865
  2. pp. 94-131
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR: Medical Specialization and Specialized Research
  2. pp. 132-172
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE: Whose Bodies? Military Bodies and Control during the American Civil War
  2. pp. 173-214
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  1. CHAPTER SIX: Cholera and the Civil War Medical Model in the Postwar Period
  2. pp. 215-248
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  1. CHAPTER SEVEN: Postwar Reflections
  2. pp. 249-272
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 273-276
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 277-338
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 339-360
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 361-372
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469615486
Related ISBN
9781469611556
MARC Record
OCLC
870309441
Pages
384
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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