Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Gunshot and Amputation Statistics

From: collections.countway.harvard.edu

John Hill Brinton (1832-1907), a surgeon with the United States Volunteers, compiled statistical information on gunshot wounds and amputations from reports submitted by the army hospitals to the Surgeon General’s Office.  Table no. 4 lists over 1,300 amputations performed during the months of September through December, 1862.  The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion (1870-1888), produced by the Surgeon-General’s office, records nearly 30,000 Union soldiers undergoing amputations, with nearly 22,000 surviving.

Image: United States Surgeon-General's Office, Consolidated statement of gunshot wounds, 1863
From the collections of the Boston Medical Library


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