The beginning of the movie "Lincoln" shows a horrific battle scene, where men in blue and gray are locked in hand to hand combat. There are fists, spears and guns. The division and the brutality are apparent, as soldiers discard the humanity of their opponents. Some of them died on the battlefield. We have certainly spent our fair share of time honoring the giants of the war itself. But in her book, "Healing a Divided Nation: How the American Civil War Revolutionized Medicine," Carole Adrienne celebrates the war's medical heroes. She explains that for the most part, the most dangerous aspect of being wounded came after you were carted away. More died from infection than from the battle itself. But, by the end of the War, there were major advancements in medicine and in procedure that still impact how medicine is practiced today.
For more information on Carole Adrienne's book, click here: http://pegasusbooks.com/books/healing-a-divided-nation-9781639361854-hardcover
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