Question of the Week: 10/3-10/9/22

In your opinion, what was the most important medical innovation from the American Civil War?

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7 Responses to Question of the Week: 10/3-10/9/22

  1. Jon Willen says:

    Far and away the most important medical advance the Civil War was the system of transportation of the wounded initiated by Jonathan Letterman. That system is still in use by the military today.

  2. nygiant1952 says:

    1. The use of anesthesia

    2. The treatment of battlefield wounds

    3. The triage method which is still used today.

  3. Katy Berman says:

    The triage system and female nurses!

  4. Mike Maxwell says:

    Before commencing serious study of the Civil War, my limited exposure to 1860’s health care left me believing, “It was shocking and brutal.” Having devoted over a decade to family history study (and learning that one ancestor died of complications after six months as POW in Alabama and Georgia; and another “was deposited in a Smallpox Hospital to die,”) my outlook has hardened. And I feel that, “A lot of lives would have been saved had the Civil War taken place just five years later… after Joseph Lister’s introduction of antiseptic surgery in 1865.”

  5. Douglas Pauly says:

    I’ll go with reconstructive surgery techniques, processes, and approaches that were developed as a result of the war.

  6. Brian Swartz says:

    The ambulance-transportation system developed by Dr. Letterman, along with the development of ambulances equipped with springs (such as they were).

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