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Medical Histories re: Georgia 1864

Discussion in 'Medical Care of the Civil War' started by DaveBrt, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. DaveBrt

    DaveBrt First Sergeant

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    Anyone wanting to understand the medical situation in Georgia in 1864 should look at these three books:

    Newton, Lost for the Cause (all eastern armies in 1864, but the AOT is most interesting)
    Marvel, Andersonville, The Last Depot
    Welsh, Two Confederate Hospitals and their Patients for Atlanta to Opelika
     
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    lelliott19 2nd Lieutenant Forum Host Trivia Game Winner

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    Thanks for posting @DaveBrt I havent read any of these yet, but am very interested in Welsh's book about the Fairgrounds Hospitals (No 1 and No 2.) I found a pretty detailed review here https://muse.jhu.edu/article/232666

    I found this exert from the book review interesting:

    Welsh's focus is on the nearly nineteen thousand admissions, 16,269 of whom received specific diagnoses, with a total of 213 different diagnostic designations. He has also traced the final disposition of 17,120 patients. As one would expect, intestinal disease and pulmonary problems predominated. Surprisingly, there were only 675 deaths recorded. Unfortunately there is virtually no mention of surgery, although 4,380 were listed as wounded or injured. It is true, as Welsh points out in a very good concluding chapter on comparisons with other hospitals (both North and South), that many of the seriously wounded were treated near the battlefields or died of their injuries before they could be shipped to hospitals in the rear.
     
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