Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science by Shauna Devine (review)

Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science by Shauna... Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science. By Shauna Devine. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014. Pp. 384. Cloth, $39.95.) Shauna Devine's Learning from the Wounded is a major, ambitious, and on the whole successful effort in bridging the gap between two relatively discrete historiographies: that specific to Civil War medicine, and the larger body of work on the nineteenth-century American medical profession and medical science. Focusing on the Union side (leaving the Confederacy for her next book), Devine argues that the war "was more than a broad school of experience; it was also a conduit for the production, development, and dissemination of new medical ideas" (5). Government support for the collection of medical information, the rise of laboratory and clinical research and experimentation, increased medical specialization, and emerging techniques for the management of infectious diseases characterize what she terms the "Civil War medical model," which would have a profound effect on American medicine (5). Devine begins by discussing William Hammond's ascension to the position of surgeon general, his strict standards for military surgeons, and "Circular No. 2," a one-page directive instructing medical officers to prepare case reports and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science by Shauna Devine (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era, Volume 5 (1) – Feb 5, 2015

Loading next page...
 
/lp/university-of-north-carolina-press/learning-from-the-wounded-the-civil-war-and-the-rise-of-american-5JUzpUnxXM
Publisher
University of North Carolina Press
Copyright
Copyright @ The University of North Carolina Press
ISSN
2159-9807
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science. By Shauna Devine. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014. Pp. 384. Cloth, $39.95.) Shauna Devine's Learning from the Wounded is a major, ambitious, and on the whole successful effort in bridging the gap between two relatively discrete historiographies: that specific to Civil War medicine, and the larger body of work on the nineteenth-century American medical profession and medical science. Focusing on the Union side (leaving the Confederacy for her next book), Devine argues that the war "was more than a broad school of experience; it was also a conduit for the production, development, and dissemination of new medical ideas" (5). Government support for the collection of medical information, the rise of laboratory and clinical research and experimentation, increased medical specialization, and emerging techniques for the management of infectious diseases characterize what she terms the "Civil War medical model," which would have a profound effect on American medicine (5). Devine begins by discussing William Hammond's ascension to the position of surgeon general, his strict standards for military surgeons, and "Circular No. 2," a one-page directive instructing medical officers to prepare case reports and

Journal

The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Feb 5, 2015

There are no references for this article.

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$360/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create folders to
organize your research

Export folders, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month

PDF Discount

20% off