Blood and Germs: The Civil War Battle Against Wounds and Disease
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For Ages 10-17

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book • A CCBC Choice • An Orbis Pictus Recommended Book • A Chicago Public Library Best Informational Book for Older Readers • A NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book


Acclaimed author Gail Jarrow, recipient of a 2019 Robert F. Sibert Honor Award, explores the science and grisly history of U.S. Civil War medicine, using actual medical cases and first-person accounts by soldiers, doctors, and nurses.

The Civil War took the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans and left countless others with disabling wounds and chronic illnesses. Bullets and artillery shells shattered soldiers’ bodies, while microbes and parasites killed twice as many men as did the battles. Yet from this tragic four-year conflict came innovations that enhanced medical care in the United States. With striking detail, this nonfiction book reveals battlefield rescues, surgical techniques, medicines, and patient care, celebrating the men and women of both the North and South who volunteered to save lives.

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★ For those interested in the history of medicine or fascinated by the Civil War, Jarrow’s latest offering astutely combines both topics. Making outstanding use of period photographs, in-depth research, and firsthand accounts, this effort chronicles the inadequate, sometimes almost farcically deficient medical care delivered during the war. Highlighting primary topics in a series of brief chapters, it follows soldiers through the typical responses to being wounded (or falling ill), from frontline interventions through field hospitals, then, via torturous ambulance journeys, to immense pavilion hospitals that both Union and Confederate sides were forced to establish. Outstanding backmatter, more typical of what might be found in fine adult nonfiction, rounds out this stellar presentation. A fascinating example of excellence in juvenile nonfiction. —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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  • Price: $18.99 / $24.99 CAN
  • Interest Level: 10-17
  • Trim Size: 8 x 10
  • Pages: 176
  • ISBN-13: 9781684371761

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