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Margaret E. Humphreys F'04

Josiah Charles Trent Professor of the History of Medicine
History; Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine
Duke University
last updated: 10/22/18

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars 2004
Associate Professor
History
Duke University
The Civil War and American Medicine

How did the Civil War change the course of American medicine? This project examines both medical events during the war, and the transformation of American medicine in the decades that followed to answer this question. Its broad approach encompasses the history of hospitals, public health, disease, therapeutics, nursing, medical theory, pharmacy, and concepts of race. The mid-nineteenth century was a time of great change in medicine, and the challenge is to determine what the war accelerated, delayed, or affected not at all. The task is complicated by the need to analyze the similarities and differences of the two warring nations.

Publications

Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War.
Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Intensely Human: The Health of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War.
Intensely Human: The Health of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.