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    DescriptionThe Civil War was the greatest health disaster the United States has ever experienced, killing more than a million Americans and leaving many others invalided or grieving. Poorly prepared to care for wounded and sick soldiers as the war began, Union and Confederate governments scrambled to provide doctoring and nursing, supplies, and shelter for those felled by warfare or disease. During the war soldiers suffered from measles, dysentery, and pneumonia and needed both preventive and curative food and medicine. Family members - especially women - and governments mounted organized support efforts, while army doctors learned to standardize medical thought and practice. Resources in the north helped return soldiers to battle, while Confederate soldiers suffered hunger and other privations and healed more slowly, when they healed at all. In telling the stories of soldiers, families, physicians, nurses, and administrators, historian Margaret Humphreys concludes that medical science was not as limited at the beginning of the war as has been portrayed. Medicine and public health clearly advanced during the war-and continued to do so after military hostilities ceased.

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    Marrow of Tragedy
    The Health Crisis of the American Civil War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Margaret Humphreys
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 703 g
    ISBN 13: 9781421409993
    ISBN 10: 1421409992

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    LC classification: E621 .H86 2013
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    20 August 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Margaret Humphreys is the Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine, a professor of history, and a professor of medicine at Duke University. She is the author of Intensely Human: The Health of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War and Malaria: Poverty, Race, and Public Health in the United States, also published by Johns Hopkins.
    Review quote
    Marrow of Tragedy by Duke University's Margaret Humphreys, is an immensely readable synthesis of what she terms 'the greatest health disaster that this country has ever experienced.' -- John David Smith The News & Observer Humphrey's work accomplishes several tasks. It puts mid-19th century health care through a prism of military concerns, civilian responses to war, medical science and women's environment. It offers clear and concise depictions of individuals and their vendettas, such as military officers embracing or not tolerating civilian efforts. Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War presents a compelling story of Americans, civilian and military, struggling together to do acts of mercy and create better environments during an era of brother against brother bloodshed. -- Rea Andrew Redd Civil War Book Review