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HIS 226 - Civil War: Civil War Medicine
A guide to support History 226, The Civil War. This course examines the social, political, economic, and ideological forces that led to the Civil War and Reconstruction. Topics include regional conflicts and sectionalism, dissolution of the Union, militar
Florence Nightingale and Louisa May Alcott served as Civil War nurses, both of whom wrote about their profession and experience. One historian describes women's roles in medicine, where their knowledge and natural experience evolved from being trustworthy and powerful to suspect and wicked.
On the third day of battle, Tillie Pierce witnesses gruesome amputations. She sees amputated limbs piled higher than a fence. She describes the procedures as "cruel butchery." She passes the now-quiet battlefield and describes the horrors and the stench. Distributed by A&E Television Networks.
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Bollet recounts the truth about Civil War surgery. He further discusses the myths about surgery including the alternatives to amputation were ignored, surgery was done without anesthesia, most of the wounds were to arms and legs, and every surgeon had authority to amputate. The medical data for the Union forces in the Civil War are the most complete of any war involving America.
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Composed of five chronological Series spanning from 1684 to 1912, the AAS Historical Periodicals Collection is one of the premier digital libraries documenting American life from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction and into the early 20th century. The scope of the collection is vast with over 6,500 full-text titles, featuring over 10 million pages of digitized content representing more than two dozen languages.
The Civil War was the greatest health disaster the United States has ever experienced, killing more than a million Americans and leaving many others invalided or grieving. Poorly prepared to care for wounded and sick soldiers as the war began, Union and Confederate governments scrambled to provide doctoring and nursing, supplies, and shelter for those felled by warfare or disease.
The story of Civil War medicine--the staggering challenge of treating wounds and disease on both sides of the conflict--is one of the most compelling aspects of the war. Written for general readers and scholars alike, this first-of-its kind encyclopedia will help all Civil War enthusiasts to better understand this amazing medical saga.