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Written by Scott McGaughAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Scott McGaugh

  • Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • On Sale: July 19, 2011
  • Price: $24.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-84908-515-1 (1-84908-515-3)
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In Battlefield Angels, Scott McGaugh pays homage to the cadre of medics, corpsmen, nurses, doctors, surgeons, and medical technicians who have provided succor and healing to the more than 40 million warriors who have served in America’s armed forces since the nation’s founding.

McGaugh tells the story of Jonathan Letterman, a Union surgeon during the Civil War who is considered the father of American combat medicine for designing the first battlefield evacuation system. We also learn about Wheeler Lipes, a young navy corpsman and submariner with minimal medical training who conducted the first-ever appendectomy at sea. And we hear the story of Pfc. Monica Brown, the young army medic who was awarded the Silver Star for rescuing fellow soldiers from a disabled Humvee during an ambush in the Paktika province of Eastern Afghanistan in 2007. Brown is only the second woman in sixty years to receive the prestigious award. Through these stories and many others, McGaugh traces the captivating evolution of battlefield care, from the Revolutionary War to today’s battles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Battlefield Angels captures the in-the-trenches moments during which medics and corpsmen fought to save the lives of their comrades. Along the way, readers will learn the fascinating history of battlefield medicine and how it has benefited both military and civilian medical practice throughout American history. McGaugh also looks ahead to the future, where telemedicine and robotic surgery promise to transform the battlefield once again.