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The Rebs are better and braver soldiers than the men of this
army and are under far better discipline."
This book represents a prodigious job of research into many
aspects of both military and medical history. Although factual
and serious in the main, it is not without its lighter moments. For
example: "As a hospital was an army post the surgeon-in-charge
was military commander over his staff and his patients. One was
so impressed by this that he marched through the corridors with
fife and drum when he made his visits to the sick." One is struck
throughout the book with the unchanging nature of man. Many
of the medical and administrative arguments of that time con-
tinue unabated to this day. Required reading for students of the
Civil War, it is printed in easy-to-read type. Sixteen full pages
of photographs are included.
Doctors in Blue is a welcome addition to the growing list of
well written and well printed books on medical history by Henry
ROBERT R. NIXON
Agricultural Discontent in the Middle West, 1900oo-939. By Theo-
dore Saluotos and John D. Hicks. Madison (University of
Wisconsin Press), 1951. Pp. viii + 581. Index. $6.75.
This book grew out of a series of seminars given by Professor
John D. Hicks at the University of Wisconsin and is based in good
part on the Wisconsin Ph.D. dissertation of Theodore Saluotos.
Its usefulness is considerably broader than its title might indicate,
for it provides a reasonably clear overall view of American agri-
culture from 1900 to 1939. The importance of the Middle West
in agriculture and especially in providing the leadership of the
powerful farm groups means that this study, though emphasizing
the Middle West, deals with the more significant developments
in agriculture throughout the nation. Further, the farmer,
whether in the South, the Plains, or the Pacific Coast region, had
many problems in common with his middle western counterpart.
The book describes, too, not only the forces of agricultural discon-
tent but the attempts to provide agricultural relief and forge
an acceptable program for agriculture on the national as well as
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101152/. Accessed November 27, 2014.