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McGaugh, Scott
Surgeon in blue : Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War doctor who pioneered battlefield care / Scott McGaugh
Alternate Title Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War doctor who pioneered battlefield care
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright New York : Arcade Publishing, [2013]
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  E621 .M36 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject Letterman, Jonathan, 1824-1872
Subject(s) Surgeons -- United States -- Biography
Subject United States. Army -- Surgeons -- Biography
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care
Subject(s) Medicine, Military -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Subject United States. Army of the Potomac -- Biography
Physical Description xxi, 342 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages [315]-325) and index
Contents "We are almost worked to death" -- Not a learned profession: "Open-hearted frankness" -- Outpost medicine: "We had no bandages" -- The Hammond alliance: "Their wounds, as yet, undressed" -- Taking medical command: "I found it in a deplorable condition" -- Antietam: "I pray God may stop such infernal work" -- Fredericksburg: "A huge serpent of blue and steel" -- Chancellorsville: "What will the country say?" -- Gettysburg: "I turned away and cried" -- Validation: "Little more remained to be done" -- Wildcatter: "A good kind husband" -- Compassionate coroner: "I have done my duty faithfully" -- An enduring legacy: "War is a terrible thing at best" -- "Today I am used up."
Summary Recounts the life of the Civil War surgeon and how he made battlefield survival possible by creating the first organized ambulance corps and a more effective field hospital system

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