FC: Medicine In the Civil War | By Alta Brown
1: INFECTIONS | One of the most devastating infections was called "hospital gangrene." | If a infection didn't cause death, it caused persistent pain, a fever, foul derange, and muscle disorientation. Amputation might save the soldiers life, and a healed stump (possibly a prosthetic limb) was better than a painful, useless limb
2: At the beginning of the Civil War, the U.S Army had about 98 surgeons and assistance surgeons. | At this time surgeons did not understand infection and did little to prevent it.
3: Surgeons played a HUGE part it in the Civil War. | During the battles of the war, many soldiers were injured. It was the surgeons job to help them.
4: Who benefited from amputation during the civil war? | Most of the time,amputation saved soldiers life as well as reduced severe pain, so it benefited the wounded soldiers. | Who didn't benefit from amputations in the Civil War? | It doesn't benefit the side the soldier is fighting for, considering they lost a soldier to fight for them.
5: What if amputation would have never been around during the War? | the numbers on each side would have drastically decreased.
6: During the Civil War, many soldiers got injured. It was a surgeons job to help the wounded soldier. Many times that would include amputating a limb. Amputation allowed the soldier to heal less painfully and try to avoid infection | What did amputation due during the Civil War?
7: How large or small of a part did amputation play in the Civil War? | Amputation had a very large part in the war; many soldiers got injured and needed a amputation. More than 30,000 amputations preformed on Union soldiers and probably a similar amount of Confederates.
8: What if amputation would have never been around during the War? | If amputation wouldn't have been around in the Civil War, many more soldiers would have died due to infection.
9: Is amputation still around today? | Yes, it helps people who have useless limbs (most times they are painful) doctors are able to remove it and possibly give them a prosthetic limb.
10: AMPUTATIONS! | The image that surgery during the Civil War was only amputations (some even done unnecessarily), although most amputations were necessary!! It even appeared that surgeons were hesitant to remove limbs.
11: Anesthesia | Anesthesia was introduced in October 1846, allowing surgeons to operate more deliberately. But because infection almost always followed very little surgery was done.
12: To ease the pain of surgery or amputation, ether or clororoform or a mixture of the two was administered.
13: The assistant placed a loose cloth over soldiers mouth and dripped some anesthetic onto it while patients breathed deeply. This usually caused a loss of consciousness or the patient to be excited but numb
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