Civil War Amputees

The Walking Dead

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How did Civil War amputees deal with phantom pain?
 
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The Walking Dead

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Sirs: Has there been any postwar studies done about drug/alcohol addiction among veterans? Were opiates readily available in the postwar South?
 

Quiet1

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To take a stab at those questions: yes, and yes.
There are a goodly number of academic studies on this.
There are even several threads in the Medical Care forum that already deal with a little of this topic. Take a cruise through there, and see what you find, then haul out any academic journal logins that you have.
Here are a few for starters:
opioids:
(the first one links to a few articles/book chapters that I found in answer to another question)
https://civilwartalk.com/threads/narcotic-use.184725/
https://civilwartalk.com/threads/civil-war-era-opiod-crisis.183467/

amputees:
https://civilwartalk.com/threads/ecw-the-foot-that-is-gone-pains-me-the-most.178443/
https://civilwartalk.com/threads/proselytizing-prosthetics.171190/
https://civilwartalk.com/threads/after-the-amputation.141822/
 

The Walking Dead

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To take a stab at those questions: yes, and yes.
There are a goodly number of academic studies on this.
There are even several threads in the Medical Care forum that already deal with a little of this topic. Take a cruise through there, and see what you find, then haul out any academic journal logins that you have.
Here are a few for starters:
opioids:
(the first one links to a few articles/book chapters that I found in answer to another question)
https://civilwartalk.com/threads/narcotic-use.184725/
https://civilwartalk.com/threads/civil-war-era-opiod-crisis.183467/

amputees:
https://civilwartalk.com/threads/ecw-the-foot-that-is-gone-pains-me-the-most.178443/
https://civilwartalk.com/threads/proselytizing-prosthetics.171190/
https://civilwartalk.com/threads/after-the-amputation.141822/

Thank you Quiet1.

A close friend lost a leg in Afghanistan and my daughters have seen first hand the complexities of phantom pain. Plus my oldest daughter is a physical therapist for the VA.

My wife had an ancestor at the Battle of Franklin who lost a leg and he wrote about his phantom pain in his postwar journal.

I think many students of the Civil War overlook the postwar suffering of thousands Americans. I've tried to teach my daughters about the human toll of the Civil War and modern conflicts. My wife and I kept no secrets about our multiple deployments.
 
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