reprints the first editions of the surgical manuals that Union and
Confederate soldiers studied and took with them to the battlefields.
1: S. D. Gross: A Manual of Military Surgery (Philadelphia,
1861). 186pp. 3¾" × 6". .
. essentially a book for emergencies; portable, easy of reference,
always at hand" (from the preface).
2: Surgeon-General: A Manual of Military Surgery, Prepared for
the Use of the Confederate States Army (Richmond, 1863).
Surgeon-General. 297pp. 30 plates. 4-7/16" × 6-15/16" . . .
confined to those affections most intimately connected with gun-shot
wounds and operations, as Shock, Tetanus, Hospital Gangrene, Pyaemia,
&c." (from the preface). This is the only extensively illustrated
Confederate surgical manual.
3: S. W. Mitchell, G. R. Morehouse, W. W. Keen: Gunshot Wounds
and Other Injuries of Nerves (Philadelphia, 1864). 164pp.
4-1/16" × 7-3/8". Based on research done at the Battle
of Gettysburg, this acknowledged medical classic contains the first
detailed study of traumatic neuroses and introduced the concept of
4: J. J. Chisolm: A Manual of Military Surgery (Richmond,
447pp. 4-3/4" × 7-3/16". . . I have incorporated
chapters upon the food, clothing and hygiene of troops; with
directions on how the health of an army is to be preserved, and how
an effective strength is to be sustained; also, the duties of
military surgeons, both in the camp and in the field" (from the
5: F. H. Hamilton: A Practical Treatise on Military Surgery
(New York, 1861). 232pp. 30 illus. 5-3/4" × 8-13/16".
Chapters discuss "examination of recruits," "hygienic management of
troops upon the march," and "conveyance of the sick and wounded."
The appendix details camp cooking (with recipes) for a large group
6: E. Warren: An Epitome of Practical Surgery for Field and
Hospital (Richmond, 1863). 401pp. 4-1/2" × 7-3/8".
Surgeon-General of North Carolina, Warren wrote this book to counter
the severe mismanagement of the wounded.
7: C. S. Tripler and G. C. Blackman: Handbook for the Military
Surgeon (Cincinnati, 1861).121pp. 5" × 7-5/8".
Chapters cover organization of field hospitals; gunshot wounds;
amputation; wounds of the chest, abdomen, arteries and head; and the
use of chloroform. The appendix includes forms for requisitions,
accounts of purchases, surgeons' reports and hospital payrolls.
8: S. Smith: Hand-book of Surgical Operations (New York,
1862). 279pp. 257 illus. 4-3/8" × 6-5/8". Smith's
Hand-book went through five editions within two
years and was the most widely used surgical manual among the Union
9: F. Formento and M. Schuppert: Notes and Observations on Army
Surgery (New Orleans, 1863).
62pp. BOUND WITH: A Treatise on Gunshot Wounds: Written for and
Dedicated to the Surgeons of the Confederate States Army (New
Orleans, 1861). The Louisiana Hospital, established by
Formento in 1861, had a much lower mortality rate than regular army
hospitals; this was attributed to his insistence on small wards,
extreme cleanliness, good food, and ample fresh air. Both Formento's
work and Schuppert's treatise on gun-shot wounds, bound with it, are
little known and virtually impossible to find in their original
10: J. H. Packard: A Manual of Minor Surgery (Philadelphia,
1863). 288pp. 4-5/8" × 7-1/4". The thirteen chapters include
discussions of such items as pocket-case materials used in
dressings, surgical depletion, bandages, disinfectants, and
11: Adjutant-General and Surgeon-General.: List of Battles and
Roster of Regimental Surgeons and Assistant Surgeons During the War
of the Rebellion (with a new index to names) (Washington, D.C.,
1883). 386pp. 5½" × 8½". With a new index to names created
for our series, this volume will enable you to determine exactly
which surgeons were attached to each regiment, and to identify the
specific battles in which each surgeon served.