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Haunting portraits of Civil War soldiers horrifically maimed on American battlefields

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  • Haunting portraits of Civil War soldiers horrifically maimed on American battlefields

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...tlefields.html


  • #2
    These photos are horrible, but remarkably clear.

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    • #3
      I've heard there were an estimated 60,000 amputations performed during the war, often without anesthesia. Nerves were severed in such a way that the damage resulted in similar pain as if the injured limb was still attached to the body.
      Best Wishes,
      Cris Malone
      ______________________________________________
      "Objectivity comes from how the evidence is treated, not the nature of the evidence itself. Historians can be just as objective as any scientist."

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      • #4
        I suppose the only good thing that came out of it - apart from the obvious fact that lives were saved by the amputations - is that the docs would have gained experience and hopefully this benefited future patients.

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        • #5
          There were many lessons learned - some inadvertantly.

          They used 'cat gut' string to sew up wounds. Being brittle and dry from the package, surgeons soaked the strings in water to make them pliable. Field surgeons, working in a hurry, learned that boiling them softened the sinews quicker. And time was of the essence on the battlefield.

          They also noticed that wounds sewn with the boiled thread did not become infected as often. Of course, it killed the bacteria, which they knew little about at the time.
          Best Wishes,
          Cris Malone
          ______________________________________________
          "Objectivity comes from how the evidence is treated, not the nature of the evidence itself. Historians can be just as objective as any scientist."

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