Category Archives: Civil War Medicine

Surgery kit

It’s the bone saw that caught my attention. Looks a lot like a wood saw you could buy at any hardware store. Advertisements

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Opium

Opium was used by Union and Confederate doctors to help surgery patients either withstand the pain, if no chloroform or ether was available, or to help them sleep afterwards. It was sometimes prescribed for severe headaches as well. Union opium … Continue reading

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