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ECW Weekender: National Museum of Civil War Medicine

In honor of the recently launched Medical series on the blog, I thought we’d highlight a special museum for this week’s ECW Weekender. Before my visit to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick Maryland, the most I … Continue reading

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Civil War Medicine: Andrew Henderson, John Pope, and a Challenging Medical Decision at Sea

Civil War era warships were cramped with little privacy with sailors still sleeping in hammocks instead of beds. Officers generally had better living conditions, with the tradeoff of separation from the enlisted crew in status, activity, and expectations. Though they … Continue reading

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Civil War Medicine: Help! How Do I Find…?

This year I’ve been referencing The Medical & Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion rather frequently. However, it can get frustrating to use the volumes without a cheat-sheet guide. Like the Official Records of the battle reports, the … Continue reading

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Civil War Medicine: Sound Medical Advice…Or Not

Antebellum medicine has an established reputation as being backwards and entrenched in archaic medical practices that often caused more harm than good. This is certainly true when considering “heroic medicine” and its use of blood-letting, leeches, and dangerous poisons like … Continue reading

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Civil War Medicine: Binding A Nation’s Wounds — An Introduction

Introducing a new series on the Emerging Civil War blog… Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a look at various aspects Civil War era medical theories, practices, and innovations. As seen through the experiences of professional doctors to … Continue reading

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