Item description for Images of Civil War Medicine: A Photographic History by Gordon E. Dammann & Alfred Jay Bollet...
Dr. Alfred Bollet's Civil War Medicine: Challenges and Triumphs won wide acclaim as an expert study. Now, in collaboration with Dr. Gordon Dammann, Dr. Bollet has taken his expertise one step further and pictorially illuminated this fascinating chapter in medical history. Featuring 250 rare archival photographs, Images of Civil War Medicine is a comprehensive visual encyclopedia of medical care during a seminal event in American history. The book showcases the uniforms, equipment, and members of a large group of individual Civil War doctors --- "Cartes de Visites"--- along with resonant images of existing pre-war structures used to heal the sick. Also here are prominent medical educators, hospitals, stewards, and ambulances,as well as images ofsurgery, dentistry, nursing, and embalming. Ideal for Civil War buffs, historians, and medical history enthusiasts, Images of Civil War Medicine gives a complete overview of this era'smedical realities.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8" Height: 9.75" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Nov 28, 2007
Publisher Demos Medical Publishing
ISBN 1932603395 ISBN13 9781932603392
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An Essential Guide That Is Clear, Concise, And With Citations Feb 8, 2008
Images of Civil War Medicine: A Photographic History, Gordon Dammann and Alfred Jay Bollett, Demos Medical Publishing, 201 pp., index, endnotes, illustrated, $34.95.
Gordon Dammann, author of the 'Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment' (1998)and Alfred Jay Bollet, author of 'Civil War Medicine: Challenges and Triumphs' (2002) have compiled an essential guide to the development of medical photography, medical education, nursing, ambulances, hospitals, wounds and diseases during the American Civil War. Heavily illustrated with period photographs and narrated with an accessible style, this slim but thorough book contains the anecdotes and the statistics that are necessary to attractively tell the story of Civil War medicine. Cartes de visite, that is calling cards with the bearer's photograph, of Union and Confederate surgeons are offered in their own chapter. My favorite is Surgeon James B. Armbleton of the 35th Georgia. Wearing a winter coat with a shawl collar that appears to be trellis-stripped and a size to large, Armbleton has the appearance of and adventurous scholar. A short-crowned hat that today would be associated with an ante-bellum riverboat professional gambler. Those readers who subscribe to Civil War Historian that focuses on the era's material culture will appreciate Dammann's and Bollet's work.
Nearly half of 'Images of Civil War Medicine: A Photographic History' features the hospitals, wounds and diseases of the conflict. Gleaning significant details from 'The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion', Union surgeons Silas Weir Mitchell's and Jonathan Letterman's post-war writings, Dammann and Bollet, review the work in hospitals, both Union and Confederate, East and West. I suspect no other publication has more photographs of Civil War hospitals than 'Images of Civil War Medicine: A Photographic History'.
This volume is likely to be appreciated by both the general reader and the one who has read deeply in the topic. Images of Civil War Medicine: A Photographic History, suitable for public, school and academic libraries.
A Tour of the Medical Tent Jan 17, 2008
This book feels like a tour of a medical tent at a large Civil War reenactment. It has a bit of general history about the subjects and people displayed, but is not overwhelming with data and information. Like many reenactment presentations or museum displays, there is a good visual component here, which helps make the assimilation of the information easier for most people. There is just enough writing and photography to cause provocation rather than instruction. The reader is left with the desire to read more on the various subjects, such as ambulances, dentists, nurses or morticians during the great American conflict. The photos of some of the torso shot, armless and legless men are apt to cause most people to return to the photos several times. This is not the final reference book on Civil War medicine, but like many good introductions to the topic, it gives enough stuff (stories, photos, trivia, portraits) to make it interesting, and for the reader to want to learn more. As such, it is good book for medical people who are not familiar with the Civil War, and for Civil War historians who are not familiar with the history of medicine. This would also make a good book for general Civil War collections, and for library collections in school and public libraries. The "Wounds and Diseases" sections have a lot of "Ooh!" "Aah!" and "Yuck!" photographs to satisfy jr high school students to adults. The book is also obviously aimed at medical reenactors- the photo of one of the authors in a Civil War period uniform is apparently inserted on page 11. The review copy did not have an index, but the publisher has assured me that one will be published in the final volume. A good read about part of the human condition during the war.
90% Civil War Portraits, 10% Medical Photography Jan 3, 2008
Though IMAGES OF CIVIL WAR MEDICINE: A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY sounds as though it should be packed with images of, well, Civil War medicine, it's surprisingly light on photographs of medical procedures, instruments, disorders, and injuries. Instead, a majority of the photos are of people (soldiers, doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel) and places (make-shift hospitals, encampments, and battlefields), resulting in a less gruesome - and interesting - volume than the title would lead you to expect.
In IMAGES OF CIVIL WAR MEDICINE, authors and Civil War buffs Gordon Dammann and Alfred Jay Bollett give a brief overview of the state of medicine during the American Civil War. The written word takes a backseat to the myriad Civil War-era photos, particularly of medical staff and volunteers. Indeed, those interested in the history of photography, and Civil War photography in particular, will mostly likely find this to be an invaluable resource.
However, I am neither. I had hoped to learn more about this history of specific medical procedures, but was disappointed to find that a majority of the photos do not involve the actual practice of medicine, but rather are of medical practitioners. In fact, only one chapter ("Wounds and Diseases") deals with Civil War medicine - and it's the last chapter, at that! The other seven chapters leading up to "Wounds and Diseases" mostly deal with people and places - medical educators, nurses and volunteers, the US Sanitary Commission, dentists, morticians, ambulances, field hospitals, etc. While I found the topics somewhat interesting, the coverage was superficial. In particular, I thought the chapter on nursing was fascinating, but the subject was only given passing attention. This is understandable for a book that deals primarily with images; however, since I wasn't impressed with the variety of photos, I found myself relying on the text more than I might otherwise.
Overall, I give IMAGES OF CIVIL WAR MEDICINE three stars. The volume contains an impressive number of Civil War photos, as promised; unfortunately, the variety of subjects in these photographs is lacking.
A Photographic Survey of Civil War Medicine - Not definitive but definitely worth a look Jan 3, 2008
With this work, Gordon Dammann, DDS, and Alfred Jay Bollet, MD, have put together an interesting and useful addition to the literature on the practice of military medicine during the American Civil War. The two authors bring excellent credentials to such an endeavor as, in addition to their professional medical qualifications, both have previously written on medical subjects related to the Civil War. Dammann's earlier work, "Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment," is an established reference source in the field with its images of original medical instruments and equipment. Anyone interested in the practice of military medicine during the American Civil War will want to look at this work as a useful addition to his or her library.
Once again using images from Dammann's own collection as well as individual items from other collections, the authors present period images of surgeons, patients, nurses, hospitals, etc., supported by textual descriptions providing background and context. There is also a preliminary discussion of the history of photography in the years before and during the war that explains the different daguerreotypes, tintypes, etc.
Interesting overview on the history of civil war medicine Dec 26, 2007
Who was the first medical officer who died during the Civil War? Who were medical cadets and what role did they play in war? What was the origin of the phrase "4F"? Who was Ms. Dorothea Dix? The answers to these questions and so many more are waiting for you behind the pages of "Images of Civil War Medicine".
This book provides a good overview over some of the more important aspects of medical history in the Civil War. This book provides a brief history of early photography and how it relates to improvements of medical imaging leading up to the Civil War. It included a history of mobile field hospitals, the ambulance system for moving wounded soldiers, and discussed the role of civilian doctors and dentists during the time of war. The role of female nurses and their role providing medical care during the Civil War, a subject that appears to be rarely discussed in history, was given its own chapter and stands out as one of the most informative and interesting chapters in the book.
Like many books, in certain areas the book could have used more editing to make the sentences flow more smoothly and to implement a wider variety of sentence structure. Also, there were a few grammatical mistakes that are easy to notice. However, since this review is based on an advance reader's copy, these issues might be resolved in the final version.
This book is best suited for those who would prefer an overview of this area or a quick reference to Civil War medicine, such as students of history, medical history, history of science, etc. Civil War re-enactors may also enjoy this for the never before published photos although they may prefer a book which provides more in-depth information.