Now online: Video and Exhibit, “Battle-scarred: Death and Disability Since the Civil War”

By , January 22, 2013

"Group of officers who have undergone amputation for gunshot injuries," 1865. From vol. 3, image 1, Photographs of surgical cases and specimens, United States Surgeon-General's Office.

On December 13, 2012, the Center for the History of Medicine held a special program in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Battle-scarred: Death and Disability Since the Civil War featured two eminent scholars:

Drew Gilpin Faust, Lincoln Professor of History and President, Harvard University, who presented “Civil War and the End of Life” and

Jeffrey Reznick, Chief, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, who spoke on “Disability and the Cultural History of Modern War.” Attendees were welcomed by Scott H. Podolsky, Director, Center for the History of Medicine. Harvard Medical School Dean Jeffrey Flier introduced the speakers.

The video of the event can be viewed here.

Also online: the companion exhibit, Battle-scarred: Caring for the Sick and Wounded of the Civil War.

Like the Battle-scarred exhibit, which is on display in the Countway Library (floors 1, L2, and 5) through September 1, this shorter online version draws on the rich library and museum resources of the Countway’s Center for the History of Medicine to examine the experiences of the wounded and the ill and the men and women who cared for them on the battlefield, in hospitals and prison camps, and on the home front.

The online exhibit can be viewed here.


This event was sponsored by the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine’s  McGovern Fund for the History of Medicine. Additional sponsors include the Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library,  Ackerman Program on Medicine & Culture, and the HMS Office for Diversity and Community Affairs.

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