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Robert A Mosher
10-02-2006, 06:45 PM
Let me also suggest that any medical personnel wanting to know more about the medical practices and standards of the day go to Google Books where you can find downloads of many relevant texts. I recommend limiting your search by clicking on the box for full text only, but you will find memoirs of surgeons and medical personnel from both sides of the Civil War and some of the texts from Europe that such personnel may have read as texts or for their own edification such as memoirs from the Crimean War.

Robert A. Mosher

10-02-2006, 07:36 PM
Ditto on the Making of America site.


Robert A Mosher
10-26-2006, 12:50 PM
I was looking at several pages from an 1866 trade catalog that presented a list of military related books imported by or published by D. Van Nostrand of New York to see what medical texts they might have offered and found two, by the same author Dr. John Ordonaux:

Manual of Instructions for Military Surgeons (offered for $1.50, in 1866), and

Hints on the Preservation of Health in Armies (priced at $0.75!)

Prompted by curiousity (and a desire to not start my real work yet), I googled 'military surgeon' on Google-Books (full-text view) to see what turned up. Dr. Ordonaux did not, but a number of works did, listed first by the link and then title:


Report of a Committee of the Associate Medical Members of the Sanitary Commission on the Subject...
By William Alexander Hammond (1862)


Treatise on Gun-shot Wounds, on Inflammation, Erysipelas, and Mortification, on Injuries of...
By G. J. (George James) Guthrie (1827)


Leaves from the Diary of an Army Surgeon: or, Incidents of field, camp, and hospital life
By Thomas T. Ellis (1863)


Introductory Lectures to a Course of Military Surgery Delivered in The University of Edinburgh
By Ballingall M. D. F.R.S.E., George (1830)


On Military and Camp Hospitals: And the Health of the Troops in the Field. Being the Results of a...
By L. (Lucien) Baudens (1862)

I included the Edinburgh University text since that institution was one of the premier medical schools of the period and that text, along with the other period volume would have represented the state of knowledge when at least some of the surgeons who served during our Civil War where getting their medical education.

Robert A. Mosher

10-26-2006, 12:55 PM
Another book with which the doctors of the period would be familiar is George B. Wood's Treatise on the Practice of Medicine. It would be the fifth edition by the time of the war.


"Doc" Nelson
10-27-2006, 07:33 PM
Here are 2 more online books. Both links look identical, but look at the "milsurg", one has "csa" and the other has "usa".

Manual of Military Surgery, Confederate Army, 1863

A Manual of Military Surgery
by S.D. Gross, MD, 1861