American Civil War Surgical Antiques

Research and Identification

Civil War Era Surgical Sets, Surgeon's Images

Civil War Surgeon Education & Medical Textbooks

Established 1995    .     Dr. Michael Echols Collection

 

As seen in:  Warman's Civil War Collectibles, Antique Week, Northeast Antiques, Antiques & Collecting publications, and various TV programs

Collecting Civil War Medical and Surgical Text Books

Topics: Civil  War medical books, surgical manuals, Confederate, Union, collecting, Hosp. Dept, Medical Dept.,

Medical text books, Civil War medical books, Antique medical books, Rare medical books

By Dr. Michael Echols

Collecting Civil War medical and surgical text books falls into both the category of military and civilian collections.  In the case of this collection, the intent is to document the medical education five years prior to the Civil War, as well as those medical texts published during the Civil War, for both civilian and Union or Confederate military use.  The emphasis of the collection is on those text books purchased and distributed by the Surgeon General's Office or placed in the library of the Surgeon General during the early days of the War.  The Union Army medical department is well documented and is the main thrust of the collection.

Since many of the texts would have seen war time usage, it is to be expected some will show extensive use and abuse.  Some of the books ordered specifically for the Surgeon General's Library would be expected to be very limited in circulation.  The Surgeon General also dictated what books and texts were shipped  to various hospitals during the War and were sold to the public after the War to recoup costs.

Those text books marked "U.S.A. Hosp. Dept." or U.S.A. Medical Dept." are the books specifically ordered by the Surgeon General's office for the Medical Department's distribution to the surgeons and hospitals in the field.

The objective of this particular collection is not to obtain 'perfect' books, but to add the best possible examples given the age and circumstances of wartime usage.  In some cases, the condition of the books may only be 'good' at best, but there are so few surviving copies that 'good' is the best that can be obtained at the time.  Of course upgrades are always being sought.

 Medical Book Collection Index sorted by page or Index sorted by author

         

Medical Book Collection.: 1 | 1a | 2 | 2a | 3 | 3a | 4 | 4a | 5 | 5a | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 9a | 10 | 11 | 12

Evaluating and grading Civil War era medical books

Medical Education during the Civil War

Index of Civil War era medical books and manuals in Echols' collection

Inventory of medical books from Ward "H" at N.Y. Conesus Centre Army Hospital 1865

American Medical Libraries in the Nineteenth Century

Civil War era medical books purchased by the U. S. Army Medical Department

U. S. Army Medical Department Logos & Titles

Books in the Surgeon General's Office library

Information on the Army Medical Department after the War and what happened to the library

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American Surgical Sets:

Pre-Civil War:  1 | 2  -   Post-Civil War:  3  -  Civil War 1861-1865:  4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8   INDEX

Medical Text-Books:

1 | 1a | 2 | 2a | 3 | 3a | 4 | 4a | 5 | 5a | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 9a | 10 | 11 | 12    INDEX

Surgeon General's Office Library printed catalogues: 1840 | 1864 | 1865

Medical Lecture Cards:

Medical Faculty and Authors:

1 | 2 | 34 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21    INDEX

INDEX

Navy Surgeon Exams:

1863 Navy Surgeon Applicant Exams with Biographies   INDEX ONE | INDEX TWO

Surgeon CDVs, Images:

Army: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8    INDEX

Navy: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8   

Hosp Dep't Bottles, Tins, 

U.S. Army Pannier:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Alphabetical index of all research and study pages:

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American Civil War Medicine & Surgical Antiques