Mosquito Soldiers : Malaria, Yellow Fever, and the Course of the American Civil War

By: Bell, Andrew McIlwaineMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Baton Rouge : LSU Press, 2010Description: 1 online resource (213 p.)ISBN: 9780807137376Subject(s): Malaria - United States - History - 19th century | Malaria -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Mosquitoes as carriers of disease - United States - History - 19th century | Soldiers - Diseases - Confederate States of America - History - 19th century | Soldiers - Diseases - United States - History - 19th century | Soldiers -- Diseases -- United States -- History -- 19th century | United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Health aspects | Yellow fever - United States - History - 19th century | Yellow fever -- United States -- History -- 19th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Mosquito Soldiers : Malaria, Yellow Fever, and the Course of the American Civil WarDDC classification: 973.775 LOC classification: E621Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
CONTENTS; PREFACE; Introduction; 1. Aedes, Anopheles, and the Scourges of the South; 2. The Glory of Gangrene and "Gallinippers"; 3. Mosquito Coasts; 4. "The Land of Flowers, Magnolias, and Chills"; Illustrations; 5. "The Pestilent Marshes of the Peninsula"; 6. "The Roughest Times Any Set of Soldiers Ever Encountered"; 7. Biological Warfare; Epilogue; APPENDIX 1. Incidence of Mosquito-Borne Disease, 1861-1865; APPENDIX 2. Common Diagnoses among Union Troops, 1861-1866; APPENDIX 3. Civil War Chronology; NOTES; SELECTED BIBILOGRAPHY; INDEX
Summary: Of the 620,000 soldiers who perished during the American Civil War, the overwhelming majority died not from gunshot wounds or saber cuts, but from disease. In this ground-breaking medical history, Andrew McIlwaine Bell explores the impact of two terrifying mosquito-borne maladies---malaria and yellow fever---on the major political and military events of the 1860s, revealing how deadly microorganisms carried by a tiny insect helped shape the course of the Civil War.
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CONTENTS; PREFACE; Introduction; 1. Aedes, Anopheles, and the Scourges of the South; 2. The Glory of Gangrene and "Gallinippers"; 3. Mosquito Coasts; 4. "The Land of Flowers, Magnolias, and Chills"; Illustrations; 5. "The Pestilent Marshes of the Peninsula"; 6. "The Roughest Times Any Set of Soldiers Ever Encountered"; 7. Biological Warfare; Epilogue; APPENDIX 1. Incidence of Mosquito-Borne Disease, 1861-1865; APPENDIX 2. Common Diagnoses among Union Troops, 1861-1866; APPENDIX 3. Civil War Chronology; NOTES; SELECTED BIBILOGRAPHY; INDEX

Of the 620,000 soldiers who perished during the American Civil War, the overwhelming majority died not from gunshot wounds or saber cuts, but from disease. In this ground-breaking medical history, Andrew McIlwaine Bell explores the impact of two terrifying mosquito-borne maladies---malaria and yellow fever---on the major political and military events of the 1860s, revealing how deadly microorganisms carried by a tiny insect helped shape the course of the Civil War.

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Andrew McIlwaine Bell lives in Washington, D.C.

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