"A meticulously researched tour de force in the history and nature of treatment, healing, and care of the sick and wounded during the American Civil War. Adrienne delivers non-fiction in a lively, fresh, story-telling narrative accessible for all."
– Richard Lyntton, author of The Deception Series and publisher of the Worcestershire & Malvern History Series.
"We see doctors, nurses, volunteers, inventors, and others—black and white, men and women—whose collective efforts healed sick and wounded spirits and bodies of hundreds of thousands of people. The book’s strength lies in weaving personal stories of the people who displayed the best angels of our nature. The effect is inspirational." —Robert D. Hicks, PhD, Senior Consulting Scholar, director of the F.C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and William Maul Measey Chairholder
"In the mid-nineteenth century, every aspect of our country was being transformed. In this compendium of the luminaries of the age, Carole Adrienne sympathetically details how the horrors of the Civil War shone a light upon our medical and scientific ignorance, fostering a medical revolution in the West. Alongside this technical metamorphosis, a stunning cultural shift occurred, wherein women and Black Americans achieved new prominence that would have been impossible without war. Understand the characters in this work and you’ll see America in a new light!” —David Schneider, author of The Invention of Surgery
"A comprehensive and captivating account of the seismic transformation of Western medicine caused by the American Civil War. The countless medical breakthroughs resulting from the war—including improved hospitals, advanced surgical techniques, and new opportunities for female and African American health professionals—touched every facet of American society. In telling this epic story, Carole Adrienne presents fascinating and gripping details on every page." —John Reeves, author of A Fire in the Wilderness: The First Battle Between Ulysses S. Grant and Ro
"Healing a Divided Nation is a well-written, comprehensive look at medicine during the Civil War that brought American medicine 'out of the medical Middle Ages.' This book tells the stories of the innovations, personnel, and the legacy that is Civil War Medicine." —Peter J. D’Onofrio, Ph. D. President Emeritus Society of Civil War Surgeons
"The phrase “war is hell” has become such a trope that we sometimes forget how literally true it is. Carole Adrienne won’t let us forget it. While telling the fascinating stories of heroic physicians and nurses innovating on Civil War battlefields or describing how that same war brought about long-overdue social change, she reminds us of the brutal irony that it can take the hell of war for humans to make the kinds of progress that “should” be achieved without violence and, certainly without death." —David Blistein, Author of Opium How an Ancient Flower Shaped and Poisoned Our World
"Documentary filmmaker Adrienne’s excellent history distinguishes itself with short biographies of unfamiliar or unsung figures of Civil War–era medicine. Adrienne’s strength is in immersing readers in unimaginable situations...Overall, this is a good introduction to the subject and an enjoyable read. A good addition for those interested in the Civil War, biographies about women, and African American history."
– Library Journal