Harry G. Becker collection
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The author begins with a brief definition of medicine. He mentions that the soldiers were faced with two medical problems; war wounds and diseases in camp. Dr. Adams said that wounds accounted for only one third of the federal troop deaths, unlike the Mexican War, when disease killed ten men for every man killed by the enemy. Dr. William A. Hammond, Surgeon General for a time, instituted many reforms, including a hospital with an extremely low mortality rate but was dismissed and went into private practice, proving the medical value of his progressive ideas. Based on the poor record and low expenditures for medical supplies and services, public demand created the United States Sanitary Commission, a boon for federal soldiers. Dr. Becker speaks extensively about the types and consequences of various wounds and medicines, briefly of medical war practices in other countries, and the difference in medical practices and availability of surgeons, medicines and medical supplies between the South and the North. The politics of medicine (what was done medically, who did it and the money to pay for it all) was dictated to a large extent by the President and Congress. Hospitals and medical laboratories are mentioned.
- Becker, Harry G. (Person)
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“Becker, Dr. Harry G.” (1996, Jan. 20), Indianapolis Star, p. C9.
“Becker, Harry G.” Social Security Death Index. Mar. 22, 2013. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com
“Becker, Harry G.” U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006. Mar. 22, 2013. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com
“Becker, Harry G.” Family Tree of Amy Carroll. Mar. 22, 2013.
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