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Senior, Kathryn.
YOU WOULDNíT WANT TO BE A NURSE DURING THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR : A JOB THATíS NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH
New York : Franklin Watts, 2010
IL 3-6, RL 5.8
ISBN 0531205061
 
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It is 1861 and you are a soldier in the American Civil War. What would happen to you if you got wounded in battle?  It could be very uncomfortable and dangerous to get medical help then.  At that time, medical care wasnít very good. The doctors didnít have fancy medical equipment. People didnít know about the danger of germs and doctors didnít wash their hands after treating different patients. Unfortunately, this lack of cleanliness spread disease.  Many soldiers who survived their wounds died from diseases and infections. Although there were few real hospitals and no nurses before the Civil War, there were brave women who volunteered to care for the wounded. Some of these volunteers were teenagers. Did you know that 2,000 women served as battlefield nurses?  These volunteers came from small towns and farms and had no medical training, but they thought of many ways to help the soldiers. They prepared bandages for the surgeons to use, they cooked food and fed weak soldiers, they wrote letters to the soldiersí families to tell them their men were safe, they listened and comforted them. Learn more about medicine during the Civil War and the nurses who so heroically cared for the wounded soldiers.  (May Harn Liu.  may@mailbox.sc.edu, librarian)
SUBJECTS:     Nurses.
                        United States -- History -- Civil Wav, 1861-1865.

 
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