Civil War Medicine. Uses of Medicine, Medical Procedures, Medical Personnel, & the the Start of the American Red Cross. Medical Knowledge. Medical knowledge during the Civil War was very basic Infection was not understood, therefore prevention was not a concept
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Civil War Medicine
Uses of Medicine, Medical Procedures, Medical Personnel, & the the Start of the American Red Cross
However, of these, 24 of resigned to “go south” and 3 others were were dismissed for “disloyalty”.
***a more broken down outline of how personnel was appointed and used can be found on the mentioned site under Caring for the Men.
Camp Conditions that lead to Medical Problems:
Lack of sanitation in facilities
Weather/lack of shelter and decent clothing
Poor quality of food & water
Due to numerous bullet wounds, surgeons became experienced in amputations. The popular lead musket balls that were used often caused great damage outside the body as well as inside. When lodged inside the body they would flatten, making it difficult to remove, therefore making amputation the only solution.
* Many times amputations would be performed in 10 minutes, with surgeons working non-stop.
* The lack of water meant they were unable to wash their hands or instruments.
-”bloody fingers were used as probes, bloody knives used as scalpels, and doctors were often covered in pus stained clothes.”
*Medical Technology has come a long way since the Civil War
-better equipment and facilities and…
Now you must choose a topic relating to medicine as it is used in today’s military settings and create your own power point presentation to present to the class.
Your power point needs to include at least 10 slides not including your title and bibliography slide. Remember to add visuals and be creative.