Blood and germs : the Civil War battle against wounds and disease

by Jarrow, Gail,

Format: Print Book 2020
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The science and grisly history of U.S. Civil War medicine, using actual medical cases and first-person accounts by soldiers, doctors, and nurses, is explored in this fascinating nonfiction book for young readers.

The Civil War took the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans and left countless others with disabling wounds and chronic illnesses. Bullets and artillery shells shattered soldiers' bodies, while microbes and parasites killed twice as many men as did the battles. Yet from this tragic four-year conflict came innovations that enhanced medical care in the United States. With striking detail, this book by acclaimed writer Gail Jarrow reveals battlefield rescues, surgical techniques, medicines, and patient care, and celebrates the men and women of both the North and South who volunteered to save lives. The first title in the Medical Fiascoes series!
Before you read on...
"A day of war and bloodshed"
Billy Yank and Johnny Reb
Bugs, parasites, and microbes
The Virginia quickstep
Onions for your soldier
Doctors in blue and gray
The murderous MinieĢ
Rescuing the wounded
Under the knife
Pus and gangrene
After the guns fell silent
More to explore.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Although the concern with viruses is now ever-present, Jarrow shows in this well-documented informational book how germs and disease also shaped the Civil War. The Sibert Honor Book author opens with an overview of the Union and Confederate armies and initial perceptions of a short-lived conflict. It didn't take long, however, for the war to drag on and for epidemics to break out. In great and often gruesome detail, Jarrow describes how small pox, dysentery, gangrene, and other life-threatening diseases debilitated and even killed twice as many soldiers as bullets and artillery shells, as well as stomach-turning surgeries that often added to infection rates. Her emphasis throughout these chapters is on the lack of education concerning the spread of germs. Later chapters reveal how the war led to burgeoning innovations in modern medicine, from emergency triage to women's contributions in a new field of nursing. Archival photos on almost every page and sidebars about individual soldiers make the accounts personal and more harrowing. A time line and extensive online resources complete this masterful look at early medicine."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Drawing from extensive archival sources, Jarrow (The Poison Eaters) debuts her Medical Fiascoes trilogy by skillfully narrating Civil War stories of soldiers who died not from bullets but from diseases such as typhus, typhoid, tuberculosis, gangrene, and malaria, and of the doctors and nurses who tried to save them. As Jarrow tells it, epidemics raged as fiercely as battles during the Civil War--thousands of soldiers died from measles and smallpox, which were so contagious that entire military regiments had to be disbanded and sent home. In the winter of 1862--63, one in six Confederate soldiers had pneumonia, but worst of all was chronic diarrhea, which "killed more Civil War soldiers than any other disease." The book skillfully incorporates 19th-century newspaper typefaces and archival photographs, and employs eye-catching headings such as "Mercury and Maggots" and "Malignant Pus." Jarrow also packs her pages with profiles of little-known heroes, such as Alexander Augusta, the first Black doctor to become a commissioned surgeon in the Union Army, and military doctor Mary Walker, the only woman to ever receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. The book's timeline, glossary, and bibliography are also valuable resources. Ages 10--14. (Oct)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Medicine, Military -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile literature.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care -- Juvenile literature.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Health aspects -- Juvenile literature.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives -- Juvenile literature.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
Publisher New York :Calkins Creek,2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 176 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 156-169) and index.
ISBN 9781684371761
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