Surgeon Stanley B. Burns, recognized as an expert in the field of Civil War medical history, often lectures on the subject and is the Medical, Technical & Historical Advisor to the 2016 PBS Civil War hospital drama Mercy Street.
Dr. Burns’ collection of over 1100 photographs of Civil War wounded soldiers taken by Surgeon Reed Brockway Bontecou at Harewood US Army Hospital, Washington DC has been the seminal source of images of wounded warriors of the American Civil War.
In 1979 Dr. Burns began publishing this important documentary evidence with his discoveries about Civil War medical photography. Subsequently Dr. Bontecou’s photographs have appeared in numerous documentaries, books, and films, including Masterpiece Theatre, Death & The American Civil War, and Ken Burns’ Civil War.
To share some of Dr. Bontecou’s wartime clinical images with a wider audience, Burns Archive Press published a large selection of these intriguing and poignant portraits in SHOOTING SOLDIERS. The resilience and power of human body and spirit are on display in this visual record of the casualties of war and of the physician’s ability to help and heal.