Drug Supply And Provision During The Confederate Army Essay

836 Words Mar 7th, 2016 4 Pages
drug supply and provision in the Confederate Army, while Smith’s book details the history of the U.S. government laboratories in Philadelphia and Astoria, New York. Next came historian Bruce A. Evans, who studied drug therapies during the war in his book, A Primer of Civil War Medicine. Evans’ presents in his argument in a unique and interesting way by presenting “the essentials of medical therapeutics as they would have been summarized by a reasonably well trained mainstream physician during the years of the War Between the States.” A couple of years later came the outstanding, objective, and thoroughly researched essay from Guy Hasegawa, who surveyed the broad scope of pharmaceutical care in both the North and the South. Yet, regardless of their information these sources do have their limitations. Franke’s dissertation focuses only on Confederate pharmacies; Smith focuses on Union laboratories; Evans’ book offers little historical analysis and doesn’t place pharmaceutical care in a larger context of the time, despite its interesting and unique point of view; and Hasegawa’s essay serves as a summary of past work and an outline for future work. Michael A. Flannery’s book, Civil War Pharmacy, attempts to escape and outperform the previous historical narratives by assessing the evolution of pharmacy during the war and describing how both the Union and the Confederacy practiced pharmacy. He carefully examines the roles of medical purveyors and hospital stewards, and…

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