Statistical report on sickness and mortality in U.S. Army. 3 v.
Lawson & Coolidge
LAWSON, Thomas (1781/5-1861) & COOLIDGE, Richard H. (1820-66). Statistical report on the sickness and mortality in the army of the United States. 3 vols., 8vo (Vol. I) & 4to (Vols. II-III). 3 folding maps (1 hand-colored). Washington, D.C.: Jacob Gideon; A. O. P. Nicholson; George W. Bowman, 1840-56-60. Vol. I in cloth c. 1840, slightly worn; Vols. II-III in modern buckram. Light foxing and browning, but very good. 19th cent. bookplate and modern library bookplate in Vol. I.
First Edition. Garrison-Morton 2163.1. Covers the period from 1819, the year after the establishment of a permanent Army Medical Department, to 1860, the year before the outbreak of the American Civil War. The reports contain exhaustive narrative histories and statistical information about the illnesses and casualties suffered by American soldiers during what has been called "the darkest [years] in the history of medicine in the United States" (Gillett, Army Medical Dept. 1818-1865, p. 3; also pp. 133-34), as well as information about prospective recruits' nationality, physical condition, reasons for rejection, etc. The reports also include extensive meterological data for the various regions of the United States, which Army surgeons were required to submit to the Surgeon-General.
The first volume was prepared under the direction of Surgeon-General Thomas Lawson; the remaining two volumes were prepared under Lawson and Assistant Surgeon Richard Coolidge.
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