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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Pathogenic Paths of Least Resistance

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In this blog post, Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., explains how a large number of patients in military hospitals ended up there because they had been exposed to infectious diseases.

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19th Century Surgical Instruments

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Guest blogger Anthony P. Tizzano, MD, FACOG, illustrates how Dr. Foster and others of his time had access to a growing collection of surgical instruments, driven by medical necessity brought about by the Civil War.

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"Soldier’s Heart": Exploring PTSD During the Civil War

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Co-Creator and Executive Producer Lisa Q. Wolfinger details the discovery of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by Civil War-era doctors and describes the creative decision to explore PTSD in the series.

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19th Century Operative Gynecology

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Guest blogger Anthony P. Tizzano, MD, FACOG details the evolution of operative gynecology and abdominal surgery.

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Sympathy and Science: Maternal Care and Maternal Mortality in the 19th Century

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In this post, Shauna Devine, Ph.D., details caesarean sections, maternal care and maternal mortality in the 19th Century.

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A Rough Landing for the New Nurse

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Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., is Professor of English and the Medical Humanities and Director of Literature at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. She is co-editor of book series "Nursing History and Humanities.” In her first blog post, Schultz compares Mary Phinney's first day at Mansion House Hospital to the experience of real-life nurses during the Civil War.

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American Medical Education and the Opportunity of the Civil War

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Shauna Devine, Ph.D., is a historian of Civil War and American medicine. In her first blog post, Devine dives deep into the different background and training of wartime physicians and the medical challenges and opportunities of the Civil War.

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Practice and the Science of Medicine

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Shauna Devine is a historian of Civil War and American medicine. In this blog post, Devine details Surgeon General William Hammond’s contributions to innovation and science during the Civil War.

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Amputations and Infection in the Civil War Hospital

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In this post, Shauna Devine, Ph.D., details the medical examinations of the 1860s and how physicians of the time decided to treat various war wounds and injuries.

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