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Life and LimbPerspectives on the American Civil War$
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David Seed, Stephen C. Kenny, and Chris Williams

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382509

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781781382509.001.0001

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Life and Limb
David Seed, Stephen C. Kenny, Chris Williams
Liverpool University Press

Most of this section consists of ‘Painful Looks: Reading Civil War Photographs’ by Mick Gidley, who examines the rise of photographs as a medical record of the Civil War and one which increasingly confronted the public with its carnage. The essay is supplemented with a contemporary account of Mathew Brady’s photographs which impressed with their ‘terrible distinctness.’ These pieces are juxtaposed to a section of contemporary photographs taken from the National Museum of Health and medicine, the Library of Congress and other sources.

Keywords:   Illustration, Medical training, Medical Department (army), Reportage, Immediacy

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