Some more signed copies going out tomorrow. Thank you to those who have ordered my book so far and for anyone who is still interested please contact Savas Beatie, LLC to order. Civil War medicine is an interesting topic and this book offers a good overview.
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Did you know that lint had a significant role in Civil War medicine? The fluffy, absorbant material, made from linen cloth was applied to open wounds to help control bleeding and wick away excess moisture and drainage.
It was manufactured to an extent in the North, but also manually produced on a massive scale in both the North and South by women and children working in small groups at home, or at ladies’ relief societies.
To find out more about lint during the war and other Civil War medical topics please check out my newly released book.
For any of you that are in the Western Washington area, I will be at the Sumas Historical Society January 27th from 1-3.
Please join us next Saturday, January 27th from 1-3!!! Author Christopher Loperfido will be signing copies of his new book Death, Disease and Life at War: The Civil War Letters of Surgeon James D. Benton, 111th and 98th New York Infantry Regiments, 1862-1865.
If anyone had pre ordered my book on Amazon can you please let me know if you have received a notification stating that it shipped yet? Thank you.
Did you know: By 1860 there were 42 medical schools in the US. Even though medical schools existed, a large number of civil war surgeons had little or no surgical experience before entering the army. They also lacked knowledge in sanitation and hygiene.
A typical medical student trained for two years broken up into two periods of 9 months. The second year was usually given as repetition of the first year lectures and was followed by a term of service as an assistant to an ac...tive practitioner.
Students received practically no clinical experience, and given little lab instruction. In many states dissection was legally prohibited. Harvard University did not own a stethoscope until after 1868, thirty years after its invention, and no microscope until 1869.
Medical students studied collections of specimens such as organs and bones. Medical science consisted of gross anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology.
Medical knowledge in the US was still behind Europe where cities such as Paris, Beelin, and Vienna were centers for medical education. Four year medical schools were common, lab training was widespread, and a greater understanding of disease and infection existed.
I was talking to my friend Jim Schmick today, owner of Civil War and More in Mechanicsburg, PA and we got talking about the decline of independent book stores across America. As an author and history buff I am all too familiar with this problem.
This post is geared more towards the Civil War crowd because thats my bread and butter, but it is also relevant to anyone who loves history. Civli War buffs love their books, its a fact. I don't know anyone who studies the Civil ...War and doesn't enjoy having their bookshelf(s) filled with titles. Its ok to admit that every once in awhile you just like to admire them.
Whenever I travel, I love to look for a mom and pop bookstore and see what they have. Creeky old floors, the smell of old books, being able to browse and find something rare or unexpected are experiences that are going by the wayside. Unfortunately with the rise of Amazon, its never been easier to browse title after title in search of your next book without ever leaving the house. The problem with Amazon and other online retailers is they are killing small town USA book stores like Jim's. Years ago it was easy to find a small bookstore where you could spend hours browsing, chatting with the employees, or simply relaxing with a book. Those days are getting rare.
Yes Amazon is cheaper but you don't get the experience of seeing a title in person, holding it in your hand, and even getting an autographed copy (Jim has lots of autographed copies). Is this really worth losing to save a few dollars?
For 2018, please try and give bookstores like Jim's your business, you never know what hard to find book or special edition you might come across and you may even find yourself transported back to a simpler time.
For those of you interested in the Civil War, look Jim up, tell him I sent you. He has an amazing selection and if there is something you want and he doesn't have, he will do his best to find it for you. Customer service at its finest, like the good ol days.
Major Jonathan Letterman aka “The Founder of Modern Battlefield Medicine.” Although not as well known as a say a General Grant, he played an important role in helping the Union Army win the war. He was given free range to do whatever was necessary to help improve the poor performance of the medical department in 1861 and beginning of 1862.
Before his innovations a wounded soldier would be left to fend for himself and could find himself on the battlefield for a week. Lette...rman devised an ambulance corps which trained men to act as stretcher bearers and operate wagons to evacuate the wounded. His evacuation system consisted of (3) stations:
Dressing Station: Located on or next to the battlefield. Assistant surgeons would apply the initial dressings and attempt to stop bleeding.
Field Hospital: Located close to the battlefield in a barn, house, church, available structure. Amputations and advanced medical procedures would take place here.
General Hospital: Located far away from battlefield in a large city. Soldiers would come here to recover.
For more info on Letterman and battlefield medicine please check out my book on Amazon Death, Disease, and Life at War: The Civil War Letters of Surgeon James D. Benton, 111th and 98th New York Regiments, 1862-1865.
Book update: Received word from Savas Beatie that things are on schedule and copies will be shipping from the printer early next week. Looking forward to sharing the final product and might even do my first live event once I receive my box of copies. Stay tuned.
Did you know that gunshot wounds made up more than 90% of injuries recorded by Civil War surgeons in war-time hospitals?
In this photograph, you can see the da...mage a bullet could do to the body. Private Judson Spofford of the 10th Vermont was shot in the chest during fighting near Petersburg, Virginia in March 1865.
While artillery also featured prominently as one of the deadliest weapons of the war, Dr. Alfred Bollet points out, "it is likely that artillery projectiles caused a much higher proportion of those fatal injuries, although there are no data specifying the cause of battlefield deaths."
Photograph: Judson Spofford, Hospital Number 20, 429; Historical Medical Photography Collection, Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library. Yale University.
Interested in the Civil War? Curious about medical practices during the war to injured soldiers? I am now taking pre orders for copies directly from me, and the...y will be limited. My book is expected to ship from the printer on January 2, 2018. I am offering them personalized, inscribed, and signed for $25 shipped. Please let me know via PM if you’re interested and I will reserve your copy. Payment can be sent via paypal once the books arrive. Thank you.
During the Civil War chloroform was the anesthetic of choice because it was easily inhaled, acted quickly and was viewed as more efficient than ether (though a mix of ether and chloroform was also used but not as often). Administering chloroform was routine practice by 1865. Application of chloroform called for the operating physician’s assistant to place the chloroform on a piece of cotton or towel, which had been fashioned into a cone, and then placed over the patient’s nose and mouth, preferably in the open air. The patient would then fall into a deep sleep after which time the operation could proceed.