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Mythbusting: The True Story of Civil War Medicine

Mythbusting: The True Story of Civil War Medicine

Join us for a special presentation "Mythbusting: The True Story of Civil War Medicine". Alyssa Fahringer, Digital Scholarship Consultant in Mason Libraries' Digital Scholarship Center, will discuss relevant primary sources from the era, highlighting resources in Mason Libraries’ online collections. Jake Wynn, the Director of Interpretation at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, will describe how the innovations of Civil War medicine paved the way for our modern emergency medical system.

This presentation is in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine's traveling exhibition Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War, on display in Fenwick Library Atrium February 3 - March 12. This exhibit explores the heroism and brutality of battlefield operations and the challenges of caring for the wounded during wartime. Of the three million soldiers who fought in the war from 1861-1865, hundreds of thousands were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries or surgery. This exhibition focuses on disabled veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation.

Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
1:30pm - 3:00pm
2001 Fenwick Library, Main Reading Room
Fairfax Campus
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