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Another look at the opening chapter of my American Victorian romance novella.

Excerpt:
thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750“Of course, Doctor.”

He handed the bag to Elliot, who held it out to his charge.

She grasped it and cradled it against her chest. Her eyelids fluttered as she glanced out the window. When she turned back, Elliot noted her clear hazel eyes. A tinge of color had returned to her face, but he suspected she needed food before the train arrived at York.

“I’m a bit hungry myself,” he said. “Why don’t we go to the dining car for a snack?”

“The dining car?” She shook her head. “Oh, no sir, I could never afford…” She broke off.

“I’ll take care of it.” He held out his hand.

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Since I’ve been posting excerpts from my short paranormal romance, Dreaming Josie, where the modern day hero is having vivid dreams of being a soldier in a Civil War field hospital, I’d thought I’d post information from my research for the story.
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Civil War field surgeons were often called butchers, but it was the weaponry of the day, the slow-moving minie bullet that was responsible for the catastrophic injuries and amputations that were so common in Civil War field hospitals. At the Battle of Chickamauga, John Bell Hood’s leg was struck by two minie bullets, shattering five inches of his upper thigh bone. Surgeons had no choice other than amputation with the state of nineteenth century medicine. Men who lost arms, such as Stonewall Jackson and Oliver O. Howard, had high morality rates. Amputees were a very visible reminder of the brutality of this war. At the time, weaponry had far surpassed the medical techniques needed to aid such injuries.

Soldiers wounded in battle might wait at least a day, maybe two before treatment could be administered. And antiseptics weren’t used in surgery until 1865, the final year of the war. Even a simple precaution like hand washing wasn’t routinely done before a surgeon operated. Clothes of doctors were blood splattered while going from patient to patient. If something was dropped during the surgery, it would be rinsed in cool, bloodied water. Sponges were dipped in cool water and used over again on different patients.

One surgeon recalled: “We operated in old blood-stained and often pus-stained coats, we used undisinfected instruments from undisinfected plush lined cases. If a sponge (if they had sponges) or instrument fell on the floor it was washed and squeezed in a basin of water and used as if it was clean.”

The term “Sawbones” was used to describe a doctor because the bonesaw was a common instrument used to amputate a shattered limb. The surgeon would saw through the bone until it was severed. The limb was then tossed into a pile of limbs from other unfortunate patients. “A good surgeon could amputate a limb in under 10 minutes.”

Only if a soldier was lucky would he escape what were known as “Surgical Fevers”. Gangrene, Pyemia, a form of blood poisoning; as well as other infections developed from the lack of cleanliness and antibiotics, which didn’t exist at the time, and the fact that surgeons were required to work with speed. Once an infection entered the body, it was difficult to treat with the medicines available.

For more information on Civil War surgery:

http://www.historynet.com/the-truth-about-civil-war-surgery-2.htm

http://www.civilwarhome.com/armysurgeon.htm

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/tours/civilwar/medmus.htm

Another look at my paranormal romance short story, originally published in the anthology, Northern Roses and Southern Belles.

Excerpt:
dreamingjosiecoverShe studied him. “Perhaps I should call the doctor.”

She rose, but he quickly grasped her hand. He didn’t close on air this time, but soft, warm skin.

“Please stay,” he said. “We need to talk.”

“All right. I’ll put a fresh bandage on your wound.”

He nodded. Anything to keep her with him. He watched as she wrapped the bandage around his raised thigh, then tied it off.

“You’ll be good as new before too long, so Doc says.” Josie rose and took the pan.

Kyle feared she was leaving again. His hand shot out to stop her.

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Here’s another look at the opening chapter of my American Victorian romance novella.

Excerpt:
thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750She bit her full lip. “I’ve relatives there. Someone will come for me.”

“I see.”

As new passengers stepped down the aisle, the young woman half rose. “I should be getting back to me seat.”

“You’ll do nothing of the kind, Miss.” He held her arm pressing her back down. “I’ll see to your care until we arrive at York. Then your relatives can take you home.”

“But I need me bag.” Her gaze drifted toward the seat she’d vacated.

Elliot signaled the conductor. “Could you bring me the young lady’s bag, sir?”

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After a two week break here’s another peek at the opening chapter of my American Victorian romance novella.

Excerpt:

thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750A loud growl rose from her gut. Her lips quivered into the semblance of a smile. “Just a wee bit hungry, ’tis all. I’ll be fine.”

Elliot frowned. “Tell me, when did you last eat?”

“I—ah, I can’t be sure.”

Hoping he didn’t appear forward, Elliot stroked her hand. “You’re so cold, Miss. Are you sure you’re not ill?”

She shook her head. “No, sir. ’Tis fine I’ll be once I get to York.”

“You live in York? Is someone meeting you at the station?”

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Another look at my short paranormal romance available for only 99 cents.

Excerpt:
dreamingjosiecoverHer scent and feather-light touch caused an embarrassing reaction. He glanced down, wondering if she’d noticed, but she concentrated on his thigh.

She expertly cut away the bandage, and Kyle stared at his leg. Stitches covered a long, pinkish scar.

“What happened?”

Josie glanced at him and frowned. “Surely you remember being shot.”

“Shot!”

“In the cornfield.” She bit her lip.

“I – no! I wasn’t shot. I…”

“It’s all right. I’ll take care of you.” She lifted a towel from the basin and started cleaning the wound. “We have to keep it clean to prevent infection.”

“This doesn’t make sense. I was never shot.”

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Since I own the rights to this story, originally published in a Civil War romance anthology put out by The Wild Rose Press, I’m considering expanding the story into a full-length novel. If you’re enjoying the excerpts from this short e-book, based on true stories of Civil War reenactors who believe they were soldiers in a past life, let me know what you think.

Next peek at the opening chapter of my American Victorian romance novella.

Excerpt:
thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750The conductor nodded, then strode ahead to assist new passengers to board.

“You’ll be fine, Miss. I’m a physician. It seems you fainted in the aisle.”

“Fainted?” she sputtered.

“Yes.” He glanced at the station. “Did you wish to disembark here?”

“’Tis to York I be needing to go.” She leaned forward clutching her stomach.

Elliot studied her. “Are you ill?”

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