Medicine Civil war

Medicine in the civil war was immensely different from our medicine today. Amputations were typical remedies for severe battle wounds. If the wounds were too life threatening, they would sawed the limb off with a bone saw. Mississippi had spent 20% of their annual budget for prosthetic limbs.

Medicine was either injected into the body or it was ingested. The most effective medicines that were used to treat wounds were anesthetics such as opiates and chloroform that helped the soldiers being sedated for operations. Due to unethical, unsanitary, and gruesome procedures performed on wounded soldiers, an exodus of warriors had lost their lives as a result of negligence. More than twice the amount of soldiers died from diseases that could have been cured by medicine, than battle wounds. Even though it was dangerous to transport the soldiers to the hospital, they still received generally high medical care. Today, 1 in 5 soldiers are trained to be Combat Life Savers. Which means, no matter how far they go, there is always someone to help save their lives near by. They no longer have to be transported to a hospital if a Combat Life Saver is nearby.


Created with images by NIAID - "Syringe and Vaccine" • Sarah G... - "Limb display" • US Army Africa - "Malawi Defence Force receives vital Combat Life Saver training" • Texas State Library and Archives Commission - "Mural: "Texas Moves Toward Statehood" - section 3 of 5"

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