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Revolutionary medicine, 1700-1800
Wilbur, C. Keith, 1923-2009.
Publication Information:
Chester, CT : Globe Pequot Press, [1980]

Physical Description:
80 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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E283 .W54 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Here are the struggles the strategies the odd treatments and the theories the limited amount of physicians used when the Revolutionary War exploded

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-8. Illustrated with ink drawings on every page, these large-format books provide a great deal of information and visual detail. Medicine discusses medicine in eighteenth-century America, concentrating on the period of the American Revolution. Squeamish readers may find themselves skimming some descriptions and illustrations; however others will be fascinated by the details of blood letting, amputations, and the like. Soldier presents the Continental troops' clothing, weapons, and accoutrements as well as various aspects of camp life, such as cooking, hospitals, defenses, holidays, and leisure time. The use of hand lettering for the text was a poor choice, tiresome and difficult to read, but many libraries will find the books useful for the wealth of information they provide. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up‘Packed with detailed drawings and fascinating facts, these books are storehouses of information. Medicine examines such gory details as the medical procedures for the amputation of limbs and the practice of trepanning (cutting into the skull with a cylindrical saw). Also covered are diseases; hospitals; variations in treatments by the English, French, and Americans; and the differences between health problems faced in the Army and in the Navy. Soldier provides one- or two-page summaries of various aspects of a soldier's life. Topics include weapons, food, clothing, shelter, wounds and diseases, military decorations, etc. Both volumes feature detailed, well-labeled, black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings on each page. Primary sources are often quoted. However, the difficult-to-read script typeface and the crowded layout of some of the pages are sure to turn off many readers. Also, the author's writing style is sometimes confusing. Each book ends with a useful index and a list of museums where the artifacts featured in the illustrations can be found. These titles are a bit difficult to wade through, but the amount of information presented makes them useful for reports.‘Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

In 1775, when the staggering medical crisis known as the Revolutionary War exploded, less than 12 percent of the colonies' practicing physicians held a medical degree
And those few with degrees had graduated without ever seeing a patient. Here are their struggles, their strategies, their odd treatments, and their theories
From makeshift ambulances and wigwam hospitals to herbal drugs and 'cookbook' doctoring, this fascinating chronicle of the crusade against disease underscores the ingeniousness of America's most daring fighting men