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Amputation in Gettysburg

Amputation in Gettysburg

Treasure Net [1]

This photo shows an amputation being performed in a tent in Gettysburg, July 1863. Field amputations were very common, and very crude. Most surgeons could amputate in under ten minutes. Contrary to popular belief, most amputees were anethesised with chlorophorm prior to surgery. After the surgery, the soldier then had to worry about contracting a "Surgical Fever", such as pyemia or gangrene. [2]

[1] Amputation being performed in hospital tent, Gettysburg, July, 1863. [Internet] Treasure Net [October 31, 2004]

[2] Civil War Battlefield Surgery. [Internet]