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  1. 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.
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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.”...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. huskerblitz

    Civil War Medicine

    Picked this up today at a book shop in Frankfort, KY. Lots of illustrations of various gadgets, etc.
  16. 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...
  17. chellers

    Civil War Pharmacy: A History 2nd Edition

    Michael Flannery (Author) Southern Illinois University Press; 2 edition (May 24, 2017) When the Civil War began, the U.S. pharmaceutical industry was concentrated almost exclusively in Philadelphia and was dominated by just a few major firms; when the war ended, it was poised to expand...
  18. 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...
  19. JohnW.

    Women and Medicine

    Surgery during this period killed as many as it cured, mostly due to sepsis. It was in Europe, where the surgical arts were being perfected, at this time, specifically France, and new techniques flourished there and were quickly disseminated among European medical schools. However, even in...
  20. 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...
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