Civil War Medical Student Journal
I went to an estate rummage sale, and they had a box of books, and I like books, so, I bought it. It's a medical journal from a professor of the University of New York.
This is a very classic 1860s binding of a, of a medical book, or a ledger, actually, where you can take notes. And these are notes that a medical student took during lectures at New York University in the spring in 1863, all the way to winter of 1864. The first one is already very fascinating to see that a medical lecture starts out with notes on the examination of recruits. So, this is 1863, the Civil War is going on. Of course, that is one of the main requirements that a student of medicine should know about. The next notes are already on camp diseases. All the soldiers are together, they're getting ready for the battle, but there are various contagious, infectious diseases. And so the medical student needs to know about that, as well. Let me just turn to a page here in the middle. This is notes on operative surgery. People get wounded in battle, and they need to be helped, and the issues need to be addressed straightaway. What makes this really significant is the time period. And the curriculum is already tailored to the traumatic events all the soldiers had to go through. If this came to auction, I would estimate this book at about $2,000 to $3,000.
$2,000 to $3,000, well, that's pretty good for a ten-dollar box.
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