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Photo: Soldiers at Armory Square Hospital in Washington D.C., 1860s. Courtesy of National Library of Medicine.

March 22, 2012

SIU Med School Hosts Civil War Talk, Exhibit

Medicine during the Civil War is the focus of a public program this month at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine from 4 – 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the Dirksen Conference room in the SIU Medical Library (fourth floor), 801 N. Rutledge St., Springfield.

“Hospitals and Hygiene: The Medical Side of the Civil War” will be presented by Glenna Schroeder-Lein, Ph.D., manuscripts librarian for the non-Lincoln manuscripts at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and author of “The Encyclopedia of Civil War Medicine.”

The program is presented in conjunction with the exhibit “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War” on display in SIU’s Medical Library. The exhibit focuses on the soldier-survivors of the Civil War and the effects of their war injuries on society. It tells the story of experiences of disabled Civil War veterans, who served as a symbol of the fractured nation and a stark reminder of the costs of the conflict. 

More than three million soldiers fought in the war from 1861-1865. More than half a million died, and almost as many were wounded but survived. Hundreds of thousands were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries or surgeries, which saved lives by sacrificing limbs.
The traveling exhibit was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. It is open to the public during the School’s regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays through April 27.

Established in 1970, SIU School of Medicine’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health-care needs through education, patient care, research, and service to the community. Its website is and its main number is 217-545-8000.

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