By Bruce Clarke. Civil War Medicine. Most material adapted from CWI’s 2006 Conference. Introduction…. Before the war broke out, the US army had 108 surgeons/doctors 24 went to the Confed. 3 discharged for treason 81 remained…most in the eighty western forts…
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Most material adapted
from CWI’s 2006
Before the war broke out, the US army had 108 surgeons/doctors
24 went to the Confed.
3 discharged for treason
81 remained…most in the eighty western forts…
?? How many surgeons by ‘65???
Green sash, piping on uniform for medical officers
The number of army hospital beds in Washington on the eve of Bull Run, 1861.
The number of beds in army hospitals by 1865.40 186,894
1861: several small infirmaries
1865: 204 large hospitals
2500 homeopaths in 1861
With society, colleges, etc
Ether’s combustibility made the army prefer chloroform, however…
First Successful Operation Using Ether
Guy with growth on neck
What do you see?
Or not see?
One clue… Bull Run, 1861.
Field hospitals were very often people’s homes commandeered by the army; The Pry farm near Antietam was so devastated economically that its owners declared bankruptcy soon after.
How to walk with a stretcher
Rosencrans ambulance designed - with springs for patient comfort!Ambulance Corps Started
Camp Letterman Gettysburg
Between 1890 and 1911, the US will leapfrog forward to become a leader in surgery and medicine.
Eakins “The Agnew Clinic” 1889, Philadelphia