Civil War Doctors


The state of medical knowledge at the time of the Civil War was extremely primitive. Doctors did not understand infection, and did little to prevent it. It was a time before antiseptics, and a time when there was no attempt to maintain sterility during surgery. No antibiotics were available, and minor wounds could easily become infected, and hence fatal. While the typical soldier was at very high risk of being shot and killed in combat, he faced an even greater risk of dying from disease.

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Doctors in blue the medical history of the Union Army in the Civil War New York Schumann Billings John D 2005 Hard Tack and Coffee Soldiers life in the Civil War Konecky amp Konecky ISBN 1568524439

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During the Civil War both sides were devastated by battle and disease Nurses surgeons and physicians rose to the challenge of healing a nation and advanced medicine into the modern age Nurses surgeons and physicians rose to the challenge of healing a nation and advanced medicine into the modern age

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Civil War Surgeons at Petersburg Library of Congress During the 1860s doctors had yet to develop bacteriology and were generally ignorant of the causes of disease

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The Civil War was fought in over 10000 places and was the bloodiest war in the history of the United States Two percent of the population at the time approximately 620000 died during the conflict  1

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Like many Civil War medical workers Keen learned his trade on the job under extreme duress as Civil War battles churned out thousands of wounded men After treating casualties of the September 1862 Battle of Antietam Maryland Keen went to work in Philadelphia at the Turners Lane Hospital a facility famous for making discoveries about nerve injuries Later he became professor of surgery at the citys Jefferson Medical College and a leader in American surgery

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History gtgt Civil War You may think that some Civil War soldiers were glad to get wounded After all they would be able to relax in a nice clean hospital and get looked after by expert doctors instead of fighting

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The specific goal of The Society of Civil War Surgeons is to promote in both members as well as the general public a deep and abiding appreciation for rich medical heritage of the American Civil War

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