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

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

Scott McGaugh


Jonathan Letterman used to be an outpost scientific officer serving in Indian state within the years earlier than the Civil battle, accountable for the care of simply hundreds of thousands of fellows. but if he was once appointed the manager scientific officer for the military of the Potomac, he revolutionized strive against medication over the process 4 significant battles—Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg—that produced exceptional numbers of casualties. He made battlefield survival attainable by way of growing the 1st geared up ambulance corps and a more desirable box health center procedure. He imposed scientific professionalism on a chaotic battlefield. the place prior to 20 percentage of the boys have been not worthy to struggle due to affliction, squalid stipulations, and bad foodstuff, he superior healthiness and strive against readiness by way of pioneering hygiene and vitamin criteria. according to unique learn, and with stirring debts of conflict and the fight to invent and provide enough care in the course of most unlikely stipulations, this new biography recounts Letterman’s existence from his small-town Pennsylvania beginnings to his trailblazing wartime years and his next existence as a wildcatter and the health worker of San Francisco. eventually, here's the lacking portrait of a key determine of Civil conflict background and armed forces drugs. His ideas of battlefield care remain taught to army commanders and primary responders.

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