Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War, a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, is now on display in the main lobby of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. The American Civil War is a fascinating time in the history of medicine: a time of significant developments in anesthesia, modern surgery, and sanitation practices, but, simultaneously, a time of horrific injuries, widespread disease, frequent infections, and limited medical care.
Tracing the story from the horrors of war to the plight of veterans after its end, six exhibit panels discuss trauma experienced on the battlefield, the medical care soldiers received, and the recovery and hardships that followed. Accompanying the panels are 19th century books and artifacts from the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library’s Historical Collections.
To browse the exhibit online and view additional digital content, visit the web exhibition of Life and Limb. The exhibit will be at the Health Sciences Library until the first week of November 2016. For questions or comments, contact Historical Collections & Services.