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The Civil War

Civil War Medicine Part 2

The Civil War<BR>(1861-1865)
The Civil War

Civil War Medicine Part 2
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.8

     challenging words:    morphine, partially-healed, internal, best, chloroform, battlefield, disposal, wounded, fatal, commission, assistant, camps, bearer, death, torso, bullet
     content words:    Geneva Convention, Clara Barton, Dorothea Dix, American Red Cross, Civil War

Civil War Medicine Part 2
By Mary L. Bushong

1     The first line of medical help on the battlefield was the stretcher bearers. Those giving medical aid were not to be targets, although mishaps took place. (This tradition was eventually written into the Geneva Convention rules.) Stretcher bearers combed the battlefield looking for the injured among the dead. The walking wounded were often bandaged and sent to the field hospital.
2     If the men were a long distance from the field dressing station, they would often load many men into horse-drawn ambulances. These were nothing like the modern ones we see on the road today. Some were simple two-wheeled carts that bumped some wounded men so much that they bled to death. The four-wheeled ambulances were just a little better to ride in.
3     Next to the dressing stations, men were laid out on piles of straw, hay, or rags, waiting for their turn with the surgeon. Some of the more badly wounded died during the long wait.

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