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Gangrene and Glory

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An unusually powerful medical history and photodocumentary of the field hospitals, injuries, primitive treatments, and the dedicated medical personnel who fought the war against death behind both sides in the Civil War.


"[Gangrene and Glory] should provide a greater awareness of this national tragedy... In Dr. Freemon's vivid account, one almost sees the pus, putrefaction, blood, and maggots and can imagine the unbearable pain and suffering." -- Journal of the American Medical Association "Highly readable and well researched ... a wonderfully good narrative." -- Civil War History "Eminently readable and lavishly illustrated." -- Bonnie Ellen Blustein, ISIS "Frank R. Freemon's latest work takes its place at the top alongside the pioneering works of Cunningham and Adams." -- James I. Robertson Jr., Journal of Southern History "Freemon writes ... both as a medical doctor and a historian. He discusses and analyzes the information and procedures available to people at the time and does not indulge in hindsight or speculation... This approach is sound and makes military medicine seem logical for the time, though no less awful in its results and practices." -- H. Wayne Morgan, Journal of Illinois History

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