By: Ansley Herring Wegner
North Carolina’s Artificial Limb Program for Confederate Veterans
Amputations constituted roughly seventy five percent of all operations performed during the Civil War. Phantom Pain surveys amputation’s place in Victorian medical science and the problems faced by disabled veterans as they returned to civilian life. This book examines North Carolina’s extensive program to supply and fit its Confederate amputees with artificial arms and legs. North Carolina’s program is compared with those of other Confederate states, types of artificial limbs patented during the Civil War and its aftermath are discussed, and the responses of recipients to their new limbs are reported. Phantom Pain includes an index to records in the North Carolina State Archives related to Civil War amputees, artificial-limb recipients, and veterans who requested commutations because they were unable to use an artificial limb. Pictures of surgical instruments, artificial limbs, and veterans with their prostheses illustrate the text.
Softcover, 261 pages