384 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 26 halftones, 3 tables, appends., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3337-4
Published: February 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-1156-3
Published: March 2014
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Awards & distinctions
2015 Tom Watson Brown Book Award, Society of Civil War Historians and Watson-Brown Foundation
2015 Wiley-Silver Prize, The Center for Civil War Research, University of Mississippi
A 2015 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
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.
About the Author
Shauna Devine is visiting research fellow in the department of the history of medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University.
For more information about Shauna Devine, visit the Author Page.
"Recommended to readers in the history of medicine or military medicine."--Library Journal
“An excellent book for anyone interested in Civil War medicine.”--New York Journal of Books
“[Devine] makes a convincing case that at least one good thing came from the horror of the Civil War, namely the advancement of medicine.”--America’s Civil War
“A segment of the real war has gotten into Learning from the Wounded.”--Civil War Book Review
“This important work is a major contribution to knowledge about the development of medical practice and research protocols. It deserves a wide readership among advanced students, researchers, and faculty.”--Choice
“A thoroughly researched and detailed analysis of the Civil War’s powerful impact on American medicine.”--Journal of American History