Medical Field During The Civil War
For medical practitioners in the field during the Civil War, germ theory, antiseptic (clean) medical practices, advanced equipment, and organized hospitalization systems were virtually unknown. Medical training was just emerging out of the “heroic era,” a time where physicians advocated bloodletting, purging, blistering (or a combination of all three) to re-balance the humors of the body and remedy the sick.
How many soilders served as a doctor or nurse?
What was the biggest killer of soldiers in the Civil War?
A bacterial disease spread through contaminated food and water or close contact.
A disease caused by a plasmodium parasite, transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes.
Inflammation of the intestines accompanied by bloody diarrhea.