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Civil War Pharmacy

Civil War Pharmacy

A History

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Michael A. Flannery, with a foreword by Margaret Humphreys

$34.50

Paperback (Other formats: E-book)
978-0-8093-3592-3
336 pages, 6 x 9, 24 illustrations
06/16/2017

 

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About the Book

When the Civil War began, the U.S. pharmaceutical industry was concentrated almost exclusively in Philadelphia and was dominated by just a few major firms; when the war ended, it was poised to expand nationwide. Civil War Pharmacy is the first book to delineate how the growing field of pharmacy gained respect and traction in, and even distinction from, the medical world because of the large-scale manufacture and dispersion of drug supplies and therapeutics during the Civil War. In this second edition, Flannery captures the full societal involvement in drug provision, on both the Union and Confederate sides, and places it within the context of what was then assumed about health and healing. He examines the roles of physicians, hospital stewards, and nurses—both male and female—and analyzes how the blockade of Southern ports meant fewer pharmaceutical supplies were available for Confederate soldiers, resulting in reduced Confederate troop strength. Flannery provides a thorough overview of the professional, economic, and military factors comprising pharmacy from 1861 to 1865 and includes the long-term consequences of the war for the pharmaceutical profession.

Winner (first edition), Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences, Best Book Award

Authors/Editors

Michael A. Flannery, professor emeritus of UAB Libraries, University of Alabama at Birmingham, has written, cowritten, or coedited six books. He is the recipient of the Kremers Award, which honors excellence in the history of pharmacy by an American, and continues to teach for the Honors College at UAB.
 

Reviews

Civil War Pharmacy has long been the gold standard in scholarship pertaining to the medical crisis that engulfed the nation at its critical hour. Yet, in this refreshed edition, Michael Flannery has furthered our knowledge with new insights inside naval and battlefield hospitals. Everyone interested in Civil War medicine or the evolution of health care in America should have this book.”—Brian Craig Miller, author, Empty Sleeves: Amputation in the Civil War South
 
“Flannery’s book is a comprehensive, thoroughly documented, and extremely readable history of medicines in the Civil War.”—John Parascandola, former U.S. Public Health Service historian
 
“In tracing the wide dissemination of medical knowledge . . . Flannery demonstrates that the war years provided unparalleled training ground for many physicians—in particular how they learned to use and dispense drugs. This rich and engaging account digs deep into what it was like to doctor patients in the Civil War hospitals.”—Shauna Devine, author of Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science