Through the Lens of Mercy Street

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In this blog post, Devine discusses the development of scientific medicine and professional practice during the Civil War years.

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Parasitic Diseases, Microscopy and the American Civil War

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Shauna Devine, Ph.D., discusses 19th Century microscopes and parasitic diseases and their treatments during the Civil War.

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African American Men in the Union Medical Service

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In this blog post, Jane Schultz, Ph.D., gives some background to Samuel Diggs' character by examining the real-life African American men who practiced medicine as surgeons during the Civil War.

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Education: The Foundation of Freedom

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Genealogist Kenyatta D. Berry discusses how education for newly freed African American families was a gateway to a better life.

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Nursing the Enemy

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In this blog post, Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., details the relief work done by clergy and laypeople during the Civil War and the complex subject of nursing the enemy.

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African American Firsts in Medicine: Setting the Standard for Future Generations

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Audrey P. Davis, Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, discusses the history of the first African American doctors to practice in the United States.

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Recording Anatomical Practice During the American Civil War

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Shauna Devine, Ph.D., explains how photography and medical sketches evolved our knowledge of disease, injury and the toll of combat during the Civil War era.

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Mercy Street's Mansion House Hospital

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Stephen J. Greenberg, Ph.D., is Head of Rare Books and Early Manuscripts for the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine.​ In this blog post, Greenberg shares the contents of a real-life patient register from the Mansion House Hospital, found in the collections of the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine.

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Typhoid Fever and the American Civil War

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Shauna Devine, Ph.D., explains the history of typhoid treatment around the Civil War era and whether victims ever recovered.

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Blood Transfusions During the American Civil War

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Shauna Devine, Ph.D., delves into how developing ideas about science shaped research and experimental medicine during the Civil War.

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Mercy Street's Doctor School: Getting it Right

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The Mercy Street Revealed blog is back with a behind-the-scenes look at Season 2's Doctor School, led by Medical Technical Advisor Dr. Anthony Tizzano. Learn about his experiences teaching the cast and crew all about 1860s medicine.

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Sore Attachments

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In this blog post, Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., examines the psychological impacts of the war on nurses, as seen with Nurse Mary in the Mercy Street Season Finale.

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Reckoning with Death

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In this blog post, Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., describes how the handling of the dead, on a scale unimaginable to most people today, presented challenges to Civil War medical staff and army administrators alike.

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Chloroform and the American Civil War: The Art of Practice and the Science of Medicine

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In this blog post, Shauna Devine, Ph.D., chronicles the introduction of general inhalation anesthesia and how it transformed medical and surgical practice in the mid-19th century.

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Mourning in the Civil War Era

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In this blog post, Anya Jabour, Ph.D., reveals how most Americans in the Civil War era struggled to maintain familiar mourning rituals in death’s aftermath.

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