Miller, Brian Craig.

Empty Sleeves : Amputation in the Civil War South - Athens : University of Georgia Press, 2015. - 1 online resource (278 p.) - eBooks on Demand Uncivil Wars . - Uncivil Wars .

Cover; Contents; List of Illustrations; List of Tables; Acknowledgments; Introduction. Empty Sleeves in Civil War History and Memory; Chapter One. The Surgeons: Gray Anatomy; Chapter Two. The Patients: Enduring the "Fearfulest Test" of Manhood; Chapter Three. The Women: Reconstructing Confederate Manhood; Chapter Four. The Return: Adjusting to Dependency and Disability; Chapter Five. The State: The Politics of Paying Damages; Epilogue; Appendix A. Amputation Statistics; Appendix B. Prosthetic Limb Programs; Appendix C. Pension Programs; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J KL; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z

The Civil War acted like a battering ram on human beings, shattering both flesh and psyche of thousands of soldiers. Despite popular perception that doctors recklessly erred on the side of amputation, surgeons labored mightily to adjust to the medical quagmire of war. And as Brian Craig Miller shows in Empty Sleeves , the hospital emerged as the first arena where southerners faced the stark reality of what amputation would mean for men and women and their respective positions in southern society after the war. Thus, southern women, through nursing and benevolent care, prepared men for the challenges of returning home defeated and disabled. Still, amputation was a stark fact for many soldiers. On their return, southern amputees remained dependent on their spouses, peers, and dilapidated state governments to reconstruct their shattered manhood and meet the challenges brought on by their newfound disabilities. It was in this context that Confederate patients based their medical care decisions on how comrades, families, and society would view the empty sleeve. In this highly original and deeply researched work, Miller explores the ramifications of amputation on the Confederacy both during and after the Civil War and sheds light on how dependency and disability reshaped southern society.

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Amputation -- Social aspects -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
Amputees -- Southern States -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Confederate States of America -- Social conditions.
Disabled veterans -- Southern States -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Masculinity -- Social aspects -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
Southern States -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Surgery, Military -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans.


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