Wound Dresser" is a
classic poem about taking care of people who are sick and dying. And not just
any people, either, but soldiers.
Like Unbroken,"The Wound Dresser" is about a war (the Civil War in Whitman's case) that happened before the term PTSD became common knowledge.
But that doesn't mean it didn't exist, and Whitman almost seems to be alluding
to it here, the "curious panics of hard-fought engagements" that seem
to stick with veterans.
In many cases, it's easier to dress the physical wounds that
come from battle. But how does a caretaker heal the emotional wounds? In Louie Zamperini's case,
it's by telling his story.