Medicine in War, 1861 - 1945: Exhibit and Lecture

The Health Sciences Library is now featuring an exhibit on wartime medical practice in its first floor cases near the S. Columbia Street entrance. Guest lecturer Shauna Devine will speak on the transformation of American medicine in the U.S. Civil War on Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Medicine in War, 1861 - 1945: Exhibit and Lecture click to enlarge The “Medicine in War, 1861-1945” exhibit is now on display in the Health Sciences Library.
Medicine in War, 1861 - 1945: Exhibit and Lecture click to enlarge Operating room of the hospital ship USS Relief. Published in A Retrospect of Naval and Military Medicine

The Health Sciences Library (HSL) is hosting the exhibit “Medicine in War, 1861-1945” in the display cases near the Columbia Street entrance from Jan. 7 - April 17. The exhibit explores the evolution of military medicine from the Civil War through World War II.

In addition to general information about military medicine, the exhibit highlights several North Carolina-based units, including Base Hospital #65, the 38th Evacuation Hospital, and the 65th General Hospital; medical instruments; and WWII journals kept by UNC alumnus Emmett Gladstone Rand. The exhibit also includes photographs from the North Carolina Collection’s William Jasper Stimson and Benjamin Alston Stimson Photographic Collection, the Southern Historical Collection’s Henry Tracy Lilly World War I Scrapbooks, and the Duke University Medical Center Archives’ Sixty-Fifth General Hospital Collection.

Visitors can interact with the exhibit by listening to three past Bullitt History of Medicine Club lectures: “Of Wards and War: The Importance of Good (and Bad) Medical Care in the American Civil War," by Dr. Margaret Humphreys; "Mending the Casualties of WWI: The Army Rehabilitates the Wounded," by W. Sanders Marble; and, "The Sixty-Fifths: Famous Carolina Army Hospitals of WWI and WWII," by the late Dr. Ivan Brown.

An accompanying lecture, “Doctoring the Civil War: American Physicians and the Transformation of American Medicine,” will be presented by Dr. Shauna Devine of Western University on Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. in HSL 215.

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