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Mid-Nineteenth Century Wars and Military Medicine by James F. Tent, P.h.D
Dr. Tent will examine the military medical systems that were responsible for the care of soldiers in the Crimean War (1854-56), the War of Italian Unification (1859-60), the American Civil War (1861-1865), the brief Austro-Prussian War (1866) and the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71). The sixteen year span of time was not long, but the evolution of military medicine in that brief time frame was by any standard revolutionary. However, the picture was hardly one of uniform advancement and improvement. There were many instances in which military care for combatants went retrograde, wars in which soldiers on the ground and their medical establishments refused to accept advances that would otherwise have save many lives. Even so, the medical infrastructures that confronted the wars of the mid-nineteenth century had met a basic challenge. They continued their steady advance in treating the soldiers who entered the hostile environment.