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Surgeon in Blue : Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War Doctor Who Pioneered Battlefield Care

By: McGaugh, Scott.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: New York : Arcade Publishing, 2013Description: 1 online resource (218 p.).ISBN: 9781611459302.Subject(s): Letterman, Jonathan, 1824-1872 | Medicine, Military -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Surgeons -- United States --Biography | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care | United States. Army -- Surgeons -- Biography | United States. Army of the Potomac -- BiographyGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Surgeon in Blue : Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War Doctor Who Pioneered Battlefield CareDDC classification: 973.7/75092 | 973.775092 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Front Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1 Not a Learned Profession -- 2 Outpost Medicine -- 3 The Hammond Alliance -- 4 Taking Medical Command -- 5 Antietam -- 6 Fredericksburg -- 7 Chancellorsville -- 8 Gettysburg -- 9 Validation -- 10 Wildcatter -- 11 Compassionate Coroner -- 12 An Enduring Legacy -- 13 Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary: A New York Times Best Seller! When Jonathan Letterman was appointed the chief medical officer of the Army of the Potomac, he revolutionized combat medicine over the course of four major battles—Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. He made battlefield survival possible by creating the first organized ambulance corps and a more effective field hospital system. Confronting conditions of squalor, poor nutrition, and rampant disease that left 20 percent of the men unfit to fight, Letterman improved health and combat readiness by pioneering hygiene and diet standards. With stirring accounts of battles and the struggle to invent and supply adequate care during impossible conditions, Surgeon in Blue recounts Letterman's life from his small-town Pennsylvania beginnings to his trailblazing wartime years and his subsequent career as a wildcatter and the medical examiner of San Francisco. At last, here is the missing portrait of a key figure of Civil War history and military medicine. His principles of battlefield care are still implemented on today's battlefields and by first responders. Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
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Front Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1 Not a Learned Profession -- 2 Outpost Medicine -- 3 The Hammond Alliance -- 4 Taking Medical Command -- 5 Antietam -- 6 Fredericksburg -- 7 Chancellorsville -- 8 Gettysburg -- 9 Validation -- 10 Wildcatter -- 11 Compassionate Coroner -- 12 An Enduring Legacy -- 13 Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index

A New York Times Best Seller! When Jonathan Letterman was appointed the chief medical officer of the Army of the Potomac, he revolutionized combat medicine over the course of four major battles—Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. He made battlefield survival possible by creating the first organized ambulance corps and a more effective field hospital system. Confronting conditions of squalor, poor nutrition, and rampant disease that left 20 percent of the men unfit to fight, Letterman improved health and combat readiness by pioneering hygiene and diet standards. With stirring accounts of battles and the struggle to invent and supply adequate care during impossible conditions, Surgeon in Blue recounts Letterman's life from his small-town Pennsylvania beginnings to his trailblazing wartime years and his subsequent career as a wildcatter and the medical examiner of San Francisco. At last, here is the missing portrait of a key figure of Civil War history and military medicine. His principles of battlefield care are still implemented on today's battlefields and by first responders. Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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In the Civil War's first major battle, the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, over a thousand Union soldiers were wounded, most with no way off the battlefield to medical care. The U.S. Army Medical Department had up till then faced incidents of injury and disease only from isolated skirmishes. McGaugh (marketing director, USS Midway Museum; Battlefield Angels) gives us a view of the era's medical limitations while offering a biography of the man who revolutionized battlefield medicine. Using Jonathan Letterman's Recollections of the Army of the Potomac, extant letters and orders, and secondary sources, McGaugh focuses on Letterman's time as medical director of the Army of Potomac (he was appointed in 1862) and the medical strategies needed for such battles as Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. The author shares stories of such colorful personalities as Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan and Surgeon General William A. Hammond, who appointed Letterman to his post. Letterman's legacy-the establishment of an ambulance service, a medical supply distribution process, a triage system for the wounded, and improvements to camp sanitation and soldiers' diets-is still with us. VERDICT McGaugh provides military history buffs, particularly those interested in military medicine, with a well-rounded picture of a man who greatly influenced our delivery of medical care for wounded warriors.-Rebecca Hill, Zionsville, IN (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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