Civil War Battlefield Medical Practices

It has been said that the American Civil War was the first “modern war” in terms of technology and lethal weapons, but that it was simultaneously fought “at the end of the medical Middle Ages. “During mid-19th century America, very little was known about the causes of diseases, and there were no antibiotics, so infection was the most common cause of death for wounded soldiers. Battlefield surgeons were underqualified and field hospitals were understaffed and poorly supplied. The most common operation was amputation.


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