BLEED, BLISTER, PUKE, AND PURGE by J. Marin Younker tells the stories behind early American medicine.
From the 1600s to the 1800s, Younker examines the history of medicine in early American history. Of particular note is the section on the Civil War. This well-researched work of nonfiction effectively weaves in primary source documents including newspaper articles and other materials.
Librarians will find this book popular with students doing reports related to early medicine. Many young people enjoy the macabre. Work with teachers to promote both your fiction and nonfiction works related to medicine to engage history students.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group on October 25, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.