The Marrow of Tragedy: Disease and Diversity in Civil War Medicine

Margaret Humphreys, Duke University

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 -

6:00pm to 7:30pm

The New York Academy of Medicine (New York, NY)

1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

Health care in the U.S. Civil War is often depicted as gruesome, with amputations (sans anesthesia) as the centerpiece of horror. In actuality, hospitals could be sites of healing, although there were significant differences between North and South. In this lecture, Margaret Humphreys highlights the variations among medical loci during the war, an analysis that illustrates the aspects of "good health care" that made a difference in the survival of Civil War patients.