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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Death, Bodies and the American Civil War

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In this blog post, Shauna Devine, Ph.D., details Americans' changing conceptions of death due to the enormous number of Civil War casualties.

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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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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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