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National Museum of Civil War Medicine to Participate in Blue Star Museums

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CIVIL WAR MEDICINE TO PARTICIPATE IN BLUE STAR MUSEUMS Today The National Museum of Civil War Medicine (NMCWM) announces the launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The NMCWM is one of more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer….

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Nineteenth Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine: Civil War Medicine, It’s Not What You Think

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Nineteenth Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine Civil War Medicine…it’s not what you think. Come learn the facts at the Nineteenth Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine Friday-Sunday, Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2, 2011, at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Towson, MD. A pre-conference event is scheduled for Thursday, September 29. The NMCWM has assembled an impressive panel of prominent historians, authors, and medical professionals speaking on a wide variety of topics relating to Civil War medicine.   Lecture topics and speakers are as follows:   Aspects of the Epidemiology of Gastrointestinal Disease in the Civil War, Joseph I. Berman, M.D.; The…

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Fort Detrick leaders seek lessons from Harpers Ferry

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By Megan Eckstein, Frederick News Post, March 24, 2011 Step back in time 150 years, and Harpers Ferry was the equivalent of today’s Fort Detrick. Instead of housing pivotal biodefense assets, it housed a major federal arsenal. The town centered on government workers and the contractors and ancillary businesses that followed. The town was strategically located between two major transportation routes — the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. Fort Detrick, by comparison, is between I-270 and I-70. But a series of historic decisions caused Harpers Ferry to die out as a town and as a relevant government campus. Facing a wave…

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National Museum of Civil War Medicine Honors African Americans that served in the Civil War

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For Immediate Release:October 14, 2010Contact: Adele Air(301) 695-1864education@civilwarmed.org                                                                         National Museum of Civil War Medicine Honors African Americans that served in the Civil WarWith Lecture and New ExhibitBinding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine Frederick, MD – The National Museum of Civil War Medicine honors the history of the African Americans that served in the American Civil War by mounting its latest exhibit:  Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine.  The exhibit developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine with research assistance from the Historical Society of Washington, DC opens at the…

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National Museum of Civil War Medicine to open New Museum in Downtown DC

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November 24, 2010 For Immediate Release: National Museum of Civil War Medicine to open New Museum in Downtown DC On Thursday, November 4, Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office located at 437 7th Street, Washington, DC, was opened to the public for an event hosted by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine (NMCWM), in coordination with Destination DC and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The third floor where Clara Barton had her office and living quarters has been essentially untouched since the time the doors were closed in 1875 until re-discovered 1997.  Since then, GSA has been in search…

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White middle and upper class women were the majority component of the hospital relief workforce North and South.

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Patriotism aside the majority of women serving in union and confederate hospitals were working classes, and they were paid for their work as cooks, laundresses, matrons, waitresses, seamstresses, chambermaids, and the occasional nurse.  In Southern hospitals alone at least 20% (if not more) of the hospital personnel were slaves hired out by their owners to care for the wounded.  Typically in the North and South literate, well-connected women who entered service were referred to as nurses while working class women lacking literacy were given less impressive job tittles.  Certainly, working class women felt compassion for the ill and wounded, but…

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Civil War Tourism Just Got Easier

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Civil War tourism just got easierOriginally published September 15, 2010 By Karen Gardner News-Post Staff  SHARPSBURG — A public-private partnership formed on the eve of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War is aimed at bringing some of the 1.5 million annual visitors to Antietam National Battlefield to Civil War sites in Frederick County.Civil War historical attractions don’t start and stop with the area’s battlefields. As the region gets ready to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the battles of South Mountain, Antietam and Monocacy starting in 2012, the new Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Exhibit…

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Anesthesia did not exist during the Civil War

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Gaseous ether and chloroform were both widely available and there therapeutic impact was well known in Union and Confederate medical services.  Major surgery was carried out using these anesthetics if they were available.  It is estimated that greater than 90% of all major surgery was carried out with anesthetics.

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Biting the bullet

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Early anesthesia techniques required patient restraint because the agents available affected the excitement phase of anesthesia causing the observed motor movements and patient vocalizations.  Patient’s only appeared to be awake based on their vocalizations and movements.  Effectively administered anesthesia provided a safer intra-operative and post-operative surgical experience.

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