Civil War Hospital Ship

The U.S.S. Red Rover, a captured Confederate vessel, was refitted as a hospital ship.

Evolution of Civil War Nursing

The evolution of the nursing profession in America was accelerated by the Civil War.

The Practice of Surgery

Amputations were the most common surgery performed during the Civil War.

Army Medical Museum and Library

Surgeon-General William Hammond established The Army Medical Museum in 1862. It was the first federal medical research facility.

Civil War Amputation Kit

Many Civil War surgical instruments had handles of bone, wood or ivory. They were never sterilized.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Venereal Disease

Venereal diseases were common among mid-nineteenth century troops. It has been known for hundreds of years that syphilis and gonorrhea were transmitted by sexual contact, although the term “gonorrhea” was applied to all forms of urethral discharge during the Civil War.
As the devastating complications frequently don’t appear for many years, it’s impossible to estimate the number of post-war deaths from these diseases. 102,893 soldiers were diagnosed with gonorrhea during the war and 79,589 with syphilis, but very few wartime deaths were listed as a direct result of these diseases.
The military created some successful public health programs in its effort to rid camp areas of diseased prostitutes. The women were rounded up, inspected, treated and released when their symptoms receded.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Who Made the Decision to Amputate?

Dr. Alfred Jay Bollet discusses Amputation in the Civil War.

Monday, September 17, 2012

NFL, Brain Disease Study Indicates Football Players Face Higher Risk Of Death From Alzheimer's, ALS

IED Blasts Spike In Afghanistan War As The Wounded Flow Home

Civil War Photos: Help Sought To Solve An Old Mystery

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Minié Ball

The Minié ball changed the face of warfare and of medicine. Dr. Alfred Jay Bollet, author of Civil War Medicine: Challenges and Triumphs, discusses the effect of the new and deadly ammunition.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Civil War Medicine Timeline: The War Years (1860 - 1865)

November 6: Abraham Lincoln is elected 16th President of the United States. He is the first Republican to be elected and receives 180 of 303 possible electoral votes. The popular vote is 40 percent.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Civil War Medicine Timeline: The Backstory (1553 - 1859)

Have you ever wondered how modern medicine evolved? How did doctors diagnose illness before MRI’s and X-rays came into use? When were microscopes invented, anyway? Is it true that vaccinating is an old practice? When did it start? When was the stethoscope

Civil War Medicine Timeline: After the War (1866 - 1901)

14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits voting discrimination, denies government office to certain Civil War rebels and repudiates Confederate war debts.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Interview shoot with Dr. Bollet


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