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Surgery and Medical Advances during the Civil War

November 3, 2012 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


November 3, 2012
9:00 am.- 4:30 p.m.

CW 150 logoThe amputated limbs, shattered bodies and the photographs of battlefield dead are familiar images of the carnage of the Civil War. No other American conflict, on our soil, has exacted such a toll of human suffering. However, what is far less known, are the medical and surgical advances made during this time, and how those emerging methods still resonate and enhance our current practical medical procedures. Some of the topics to be covered in this one-day symposium are: the emergence of modern emergency room methodologies, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the Civil War soldier, African Americans in medicine during the Civil War era, and an overview of Civil War medical practices. This important symposium, produced in partnership with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, seeks to add to our growing understanding of this great and tragic American event.

The symposium fee is $75.00. Early registration is recommended. This program is free to Friends of Stratford (FOS). Please contact 804-493-8919 for membership information only.

To register for, or get more information about this program, please either e-mail rsvp@stratfordhall.org, FAX 804-493-0333, call Jon Bachman at 804-493-1972, or leave a voice-mail message at 804-493-8038, ext. 7787.

Program Schedule

  • 8:30-9:00 Musical prelude, Evergreen Shade
  • 9:00-9:10 Keynote: George Wunderlich
  • 9:10-9:50 Surgery & Medicine during the American Civil War, J.P. Saleeby, M.D.
  • 9:50-10:35 Something’s Never Change, Dr. Adrian Wheat
  • Break 10:35-11:45
  • 11:45-12:30 October 30th 1862: The Day the Modern Emergency Room Was Born, George Wunderlich
  • 12:30-1:30 Lunch available in Stratford Hall dining room
  • 1:45-2:30 Prologue to Change: African Americans in Medicine in the Civil War Era, Dr. Robert Slawson
  • 2:30-3:15 Artificial Limbs in the Civil War Era, Dr.Guy Hasegawa
  • 3:15-3:30 Break
  • 3:30-4:15 Post Traumatic Stress during the Civil War, John Ream
  • 4:15-4:30 Q/A
  • 4:30-5:00 Musical postlude, Evergreen Shade

This program sponsored in part by Page Woltz in memory of her grandfather, Dr. Thomas Whitehead Murrell, the first dermatologist in Virginia, and her father, Dr. Thomas W. Murrell, Jr., former head of the American Dermatological Association.


November 3, 2012
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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