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  1. lelliott19

    Amputations: The Civil War in Four Minutes

    Jake Wynn of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine explains the protocol for amputations during the Civil War: how the procedure saved more lives than it cost; how amputations were conducted; what anesthetics were used; and what amputees lives were like after the War.
  2. C

    Hello! Author writing about Civil War family in Virginia/West Virginia

    Thank you for adding me to the group! Civil War Talk has often appeared in searches I've done for my books, and I'm glad to officially join in. I have published one book, historical fiction based on my great-great-grandmother's life before and during the Civil War in western Virginia/West...
  3. James N.

    GRAPHIC A Visit to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine

    Last month I revisited the National Museum of Civil War Medicine , located in downtown Frederick, Maryland, along with my friend medical reenactor Doug Garnett (@1863surgeon) who took these photos. For those who have never visited here, the museum is located in a period building that served for...
  4. JohnW.

    The Ghastly Work Of The Field Surgeons

    Here are three descriptions of the work of the surgeons, all of them tending to bear out the complaints of the Baroness von Oinhausen. These descriptions of heartlessness could be matched in letter after letter, diary after diary, North and South. One Kentucky editor charged that the doctors had...
  5. JohnW.

    Lobelia, the Herb That Carried More Cultural Weight Than Marijuana

    From: Before there was marijuana, there was lobelia. This blue, summer wildflower was the most controversial plant in the United States prior to the Civil War, as it came to symbolize a cultural divide in perhaps the nation’s first cultural upheaval, pitting the...
  6. JohnW.

    The Turpentine Remedy

    The Turpentine Remedy by Biff Hollingsworth You never know what you’re going to find in our collections. Today, while looking for something totally unrelated, I happened upon a folder with an intriguing title: “Prescription and Diet Book, circa 1800s.” I thought I might have stumbled on some...
  7. JohnW.

    Elizabeth Blackwell Breaks the Bonds— “Women will not be what they are now”

    From: The FASEB Journal, Gerald Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief You ask me what I did, and what can be done as a lady. I entered the Maternité, dissected at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts alone, employed a répétiteur who drilled me in anatomy and smuggled me into the dead-house of La Charité at great risk...
  8. JohnW.

    The use of anesthesia to diagnose malingering in the 19th century

    INTRODUCTION Malingering is the purposeful simulation or exaggeration of mental or physical illness in order to gain some end. Soon after anaesthesia was introduced ether, and then chloroform, were used to assist in the detection of suspected malingerers. This raised diagnostic issues, some of...
  9. JohnW.

    The American Civil War Experience: Lice, Disease and Quinine

    The statistics of those who died during the Civil War, not from injury but from disease, are shocking. Of the 360,222 men known to have died on the Union side, a quarter of a million were lost due to disease rather than the enemy. While the Confederates didn’t keep records, it is estimated that...
  10. JohnW.

    Diarrhea Treated with Silver Nitrate

    Source text: The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion., Part 2, Volume 1 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1879), 49. Case entered in the book is signed by Assistant Surgeon A. Hartsuff, U. S. A., temporarily acting as surgeon in charge,⃰ by whom it is...
  11. JohnW.

    Hannah Myers Longshore: Pioneer Physician and Professor of Anatomy

    Hannah Myers Longshore graduated from the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania's first class in 1851 and became Philadelphia's first woman doctor with a medical degree to establish a private practice, which she continued for forty years. She also lectured extensively first at the Female...
  12. JohnW.

    Oriana Moon Andrews: First Woman Doctor in the Confederate Army

    Dr. Oriana Moon Andrews was a remarkable woman who served as the first female doctor in the Confederate Army. After the Civil War, she was physician to women and children, but her family had to move so frequently she was not able to establish a consistent practice. Chronic illness and childbirth...
  13. JohnW.

    Typhoid Fever

    Feared and often fatal, typhoid fever was one of the most terrible epidemic diseases in the 1800s. Typhoid is an intestinal infection that is spread by ingesting food or water contaminated with the bacteria called "Salmonella typhi". Such contamination was usually widespread in army camps, and...
  14. JohnW.

    Porcher’s Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests

    From: It is intended as a repertory of scientific and popular knowledge as regards the medicinal, economical, and useful properties of the trees, plants, and shrubs found within the limits of the Confederate States, whether employed in the arts, for manufacturing...