Civil War Medicine Facts

A chloroform bottle used during the Civil War
A chloroform bottle from the Civil War

Introduction - Civil War Medicine

The state of medicine and medical treatment that existed at that the start of the American Civil War in 1861 was primitive by today's standards. At the time of this war doctors were by no means prepared to deal with the massive casualties and rampant disease caused by the war. Thousands of soldiers, and citizens, died from causes that today would have been easily prevented by such simple things as the use of sterile dressings, more sanitary conditions for patients, and better hygiene practices. Civil War medicine was in fact primitive by today's standards however medicine and medical treatment did see great progress during the Civil War and numerous practices and standards still used today were developed during the course of the war. On this page is a list of interesting facts about Civil War medicine; including what Civil War medicine was like, and what advancements were made in medicine during the Civil War. This is a topic that interest many kids and adults alike. In fact the twenty-third annual conference on Civil War Medicine took place on October 9th - 11th of 2015 in Frederick Maryland featuring a tour of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

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Interesting Civil War Medicine Facts

Advances in Medicine and Medical Treatment During the American Civil War