Surgeon in Blue: Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War Doctor by Scott McGaugh

By Scott McGaugh

The first full-length biography of the Civil struggle doctor who, over the process the war’s bloodiest battles—from Antietam to Gettysburg—redefined army medicine.
Jonathan Letterman was once an outpost scientific officer serving in Indian state within the years sooner than the Civil warfare, accountable for the care of simply enormous quantities of guys. but if he was once appointed the manager clinical officer for the military of the Potomac, he revolutionized wrestle medication over the process 4 significant battles—Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg—that produced exceptional numbers of casualties. He made battlefield survival attainable by way of developing the 1st equipped ambulance corps and a more suitable box clinic method. He imposed scientific professionalism on a chaotic battlefield. the place earlier than 20 percentage of the lads have been not worthy to struggle as a result of affliction, squalid stipulations, and bad food, he greater health and wellbeing and wrestle readiness via pioneering hygiene and vitamin criteria. in response to unique learn, and with stirring bills of conflict and the fight to invent and provide sufficient care in the course of very unlikely stipulations, this new biography recounts Letterman’s lifestyles from his small-town Pennsylvania beginnings to his trailblazing wartime years and his next lifestyles as a wildcatter and the health worker of San Francisco. eventually, this is the lacking portrait of a key determine of Civil conflict background and armed forces medication. His ideas of battlefield care stay taught to army commanders and primary responders. 24 b/w pictures

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