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  1. JPK Huson 1863

    To Science, With Gratitude- Our Ailing Ancestor's ' Medicine '

    We loved our cures. From mercury to toads to oxygenated bitters most have been thankfully archived. For one thing, medicine is in the hands of the pros these days. We're doing better things in medicine than the proverbial good old days and that's genuinely a comfort. Science rockets forward-...
  2. John Hartwell

    National Museum of Civil War Medicine Closed ... but Open!

    The NMCWM and Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office are physically closed "for the duration," but each is offering extended Virtual Museum experiences, and even the opportunity for live video conferencing with museum staff!
  3. CivilWarTalk

    Book Launch Death, Disease, and Life at War

    @CLoperfido is the author Christopher Loperfido and is proud to launch his book: Death, Disease, and Life at War The Civil War Letters of Surgeon James D. Benton, 111th and 98th New York Infantry Regiments, 1862-1865 Published 1/5/2018 Belatedly Launched on CWT on 3/21/2020 Buy it on Amazon...
  4. lelliott19

    Rogers' Liverwort & Tar: 1858 Medicine Cures Coughs, Colds, Influenza, Asthma, Bronchitis, Spitting of Blood....

    Good for what ails you? Liverwort and TAR? Who thought this stuff up? Looks like this one is purported to cure just about everything. :D Liverworts are a group of non-vascular plants similar to mosses that reproduce from spores instead of seeds. Tar is.....well, tar, I suppose? Who thinks that...
  5. lelliott19

    2 Minute Video: Civil War Apothecary Kit

    Jake Wynn of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, MD examines a Civil War era Apothecary Kit, a scale used for compounding, and some of the medicines available to Civil War surgeons including laudanum and calomel.
  6. lelliott19

    Appeal to Ladies to Grow Poppies for Opium: Confederate Surgeon General's Office 1863

    "I have been instructed by the Surgeon General to request you to interest yourselves in the culture of the Garden Poppy, and thus render the sick soldiers of the Confederacy essential service.... the juice which exudes from the incised capsules or pods when sufficiently hardened, should be...
  7. 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.
  8. Belle Montgomery

    Restricted National Museum of Civil War Medicine considers removing Confederate flag from logo in the midst of a rebranding campaign

    Executive director David Price at the entrance to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine on East Patrick Street. Staff photo by Bill Green...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Honey! Why We Go To Battle With Bees

    In 1679, Moses Rusden wrote " A Further Discovery of Bees ", becoming a kind of era guru on the topic, by the 1860's. Honey is of course the end game in all-things-bees. Boy, some topics become unwieldy given too much research. ' Honey ', one of History's most ancient food is one of them. We...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. CharlotteEMcKay

    Recipients of the Kearny Cross Metal of Honor

    It is said that Charlotte E. McKay “had received a magnificent Kearny Cross, a medal of honor with the front inscription, ‘Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori;’ and on the reverse, “Presented to Mrs. C. E. McKay, by the officers of the Seventeenth regiment Maine volunteers, May, 1863.”...
  13. JPK Huson 1863

    Folklore, Placebo Or Lost Meadow Miracles? Our Ancestor's Medicine Chests

    What healing properties lay inside some natural beauty? Our ancestors knew. And passed it down, hoping to stem the epidemics claiming so many children of the era. " Ladies Companions " were books frequently given to young women as they ' came of age ', North and South. Full of wisdom- well, era...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. huskerblitz

    Civil War Medicine

    Picked this up today at a book shop in Frankfort, KY. Lots of illustrations of various gadgets, etc.
  20. 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...
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