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What Is A Civil War Medical Book?

Over the past 200 years or so there have been thousands of medical books printed in the United States. On various sites, such as eBay, there are medical books that are advertised as Civil War medical books. Some of those advertised are printed before the war, some are printed after. So what is a Civil War medical book? A true Civil War medical book is one that is printed between 1858 and 1865, and was either on the Surgeon General's list or those books issued to the Union Army Medical services.

When speaking about books printed between 1858 and 1865 there are many medical books that were not used in the War. If a book met the criteria of being printed between 1858-1865 and has a stamp on the front cover or spine this may be another hint that the book was used in the war. The stamp would read U.S.A. Hosp. Dept., U.S.A. Hospital Department, U.S. Army Medical Department, U.S.A. Medical Department, or U.S.A. Med. Dept. Books carrying this stamp and meeting the date criteria are true Civil War books, and were more than likely issued to medical personnel and field hospitals during the war.

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Many true Civil War books can be culled according to the publisher. The bulk of the medical texts used during the war were published by the following:

J.B. Lippincott, Philadelphia
Blanchard and Lea, Philadelphia
Bailliere Brothers, New York

These publishers do not reflect all the titles of those texts used for Civil War medicine. There are a few obscure titles that were published by others but collectors will find these three were largely responsible for printing the bulk of the texts.

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