By Bonnie Brice Dorwart, M.D.
Bonnie Brice Dorwart, M.D., cared for patients with rheumatic diseases for 32 years.
he began retirement by researching the medical education of physicians who took care of soldiers during the American Civil War.
er interest in this topic was piqued by her
great-grandfather's service as a Confederate Regimental Surgeon.Primary sources, including lectures heard by him while a medical student 1849 to 1851 at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
, revealed what physicians of the period were taught.Thousands of case reports and statistics of illness published by Congress after the War detailed the burden of sickness borne by soldiers.
here reports provided a unique perspective on the War, different from the usual coverage of wounds and amputations in medical histories of the era.Death is in the Breeze: Disease in the American Civil War is an outgrowth of that research.
Presently Dr. Dorwart
is a volunteer servicing as Archivist of The Lankenau Hospital
as it celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2010, and as Historian of the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education at Lankenau Hospital
in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.