We had passed the National Museum of Civil War Medicine a few times before, and never stopped in. But over Thanksgiving weekend, we stopped in, and were happily rewarded with more than an hour of interesting exhibits. If there's one fact that stayed with me, it was this: That 95% of surgery in the Civil War was conducted with some form of anesthesia. If that shocks you--we had images of butcher surgeons operating on soldiers biting bullets to dull the pain--then perhaps you will like this museum. Prices are reasonable--$7.50 for adults, $7 for seniors, and a 10% AAA discount. Take the elevator to the second floor and begin your tour, learning everything from the types of medical schools available in the US before the Civil War, all the way through to embalming. You'll be surprisingly interested, and glad you made the trip.
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