LIFE AND LIMB: Perspectives on the American Civil War

LIFE AND LIMB: Perspectives on the American Civil War

EDITED BY DAVID SEED ET AL    Book Number: 85218    Product format: Paperback

Memoirs of writers including Louisa May Alcott, Ambrose Bierce and Walt Whitman stand alongside the medical observations of figures such as Silas Weir Mitchell and William Keen. The contemporary perspectives whether fiction, first-hand accounts, reportage and photographs are recollections detailing some of the earliest attempts by medical professionals to understand and help the wounded, and how writers and poets were influenced by their own involvement as nurses, combatants and observers of the American Civil War. By presenting the wide range of frequently traumatic experiences and the often ignored common foot soldiers on both sides, the volume complements older emphasis on military history and of the whole complex issue of how the war was represented and debated from many different perspectives. Important technology now available to amputees is now incomparable to that of the mid 19th century. Here are the lives and thoughts of those devastated by psychological traumas, complex emotions, and difficulties in adjusting to life after limb loss which remain just as relevant today. The book even explores 'phantom limb syndrome' and prosthetics. 210pp in Liverpool University Press large softback, 20 sepia images plus 17 illus.
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ISBN 9781781382509
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