Doctoring the Civil War: American physicians and the transformation of American medicine

Shauna Devine, PhD, of Western University, will examine the ways the American Civil War transformed medicine through a series of never before published medical photographs from Civil War hospitals and laboratories.

When Apr 08, 2015
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Second Floor, Health Sciences Library
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Contact Phone 919-966-0944
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Pop culture would have you believe that the American Civil War was a medical disaster – just inexperienced physicians and surgeons hacking off limbs using unsanitized medical equipment and patients biting down on bullets trying to bear the pain. The war was overwhelming in its scope, and physicians were forced to deal with diseases and injuries that differed both quantitatively and qualitatively from what they had known in civilian life. But as the war went on physicians got better – they gained experience dealing with wound trauma and performing difficult surgeries. They also studied diseases and developed new management strategies.

The Health Sciences Library welcomes you to a lecture by Shauna Devine, PhD, who, through a series of never before published medical photographs from Civil War hospitals and laboratories, will examine the ways in which the war transformed American medicine. Join us on April 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the open event space on the second floor of the Library.

About the Speaker:

Shauna Devine

Shauna Devine is an historian of Civil War and American medicine. She received her Ph.D in medical history from Western University. She has won awards for her work on Civil War medicine including the H.N. Segall Award and the E.M. Wightman Award. She is currently a research fellow at the Schulich School of Medicine, and an assistant professor in the department of history at Western University, where she teaches courses in both medical and Civil War history.

Devine has authored many articles on the topic and a book titled, “Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science” (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), which examines the development of scientific medicine during the American Civil War, and the impact of the War's events on American medicine. She is currently working on a second book length project, which investigates the history of science, medicine, and medical education during the Civil War and reconstruction in the American south.