Medicine in the American Civil War

  • Medicine in the American Civil War
The Civil War came at a time when there were very few advancements in terms of medicine and the treatment of injuries and ailments. Even some of the most basic life-saving techniques, such as CPR, were not heard of or developed at that time. Although medications and methods of treating injuries were in their infancy, the weapons of war were advancing, as was their ability to wreak havoc on the human body. As a result, this created problems when it came to saving the lives of soldiers; however, a lack of modern techniques such as CPR was only a part of the problem. Severe infections were also common and hindered treatment and the healing process. Because the overall living environment of the soldier was unsanitary, as were field hospitals and dressing stations, disease also ran rampant. When it came to the death of Civil War soldiers, illness was twice as likely to be the culprit versus an injury sustained in battle.

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