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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 May 2017 3:53 p.m. PST

"This review describes medical and surgical care during the American Civil War. This era is often referred to in a negative way as the Middle Ages of medicine in the United States. Many misconceptions exist regarding the quality of care during the war. It is commonly believed that surgery was often done without anesthesia, that many unnecessary amputations were done, and that care was not state of the art for the times. None of these assertions is true. Physicians were practicing in an era before the germ theory of disease was established, before sterile technique and antisepsis were known, with very few effective medications, and often operating 48 to 72 hours with no sleep. Each side was woefully unprepared, in all aspects, for the extent of the war and misjudged the degree to which each would fight for their cause. Despite this, many medical advances and discoveries occurred as a result of the work of dedicated physicians on both sides of the conflict…"
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Mako1129 May 2017 6:36 p.m. PST

I think the word "care" is stretching things a bit.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2017 11:37 a.m. PST



wrgmr130 May 2017 5:56 p.m. PST

It's interesting that more casualties were caused by the Minie ball than any other weapon. I would have thought canister would be up near the top?

wpilon Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2017 6:17 p.m. PST

The tables described casualties that made it to the hospital to be treated. My guess is that very few of the guys who were caught in front of a gun using canister made it to a hospital.

Trajanus21 Jul 2017 7:53 a.m. PST

You may find this interesting regarding medical care:

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2017 3:03 p.m. PST

Yes… many thanks!.


Personal logo capncarp Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2017 3:09 p.m. PST

I need a t-shirt with "Ignatz Semmelweiss Died For Your Sins" on it. The patron saint/martyr of sterile technique--Google his story, and ask your physician to wash his/her hands before examining you next office visit. He had the answer, but was crushed by the current medical culture of his times.

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