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Offline nevermore

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ACW The Butcher
« on: March 08, 2013, 10:24:09 AM »
ACW The Butcher  more photos "On the Workbench" at the main website.


Although the exact number is not known, approximately 60,000 surgeries, about three quarters of all of the operations performed during the war, were amputations. Although seemingly drastic, the operation was intended to prevent deadly complications such as gangrene. Sometimes undertaken without anesthesia, and in some cases leaving the patient with painful sensations in the severed nerves, the removal of a limb was widely feared by soldiers.

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Confederate surgeon Julian John Chisholm, 1893
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At this time, most of the vast numbers of wounded men made it impossible for surgeons to undertake more delicate and time-consuming procedures such as building splints for limbs or carefully removing only part of the broken bone or damaged flesh. Critics, like Confederate surgeon Julian John Chisholm, charged that inexperienced doctors were too eager to attempt amputation as a way to improve their skills, and accused them of experimenting, often exacerbating existing injuries. Soldiers nicknamed such enthusiasts "butchers" and some even went so far as to treat themselves to try to avoid the painful intervention of the surgeon.




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Re: ACW The Butcher
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2013, 09:35:22 PM »
great addition for your ACW games

Offline Cecil Gaybody

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Re: ACW The Butcher
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2013, 10:10:29 PM »
  I like it

  Keep it up
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