This museum is in the heart of Frederick, Maryland and is located in an unassuming brick building next to a parking garage. Once inside, you will be immersed in the primitive (by our standards) world of Civil War medicine, when doctors were often considered butchers and nursing was not yet a respected profession. If you take a couple of hours and actually read most or all there is to read, you will be flabbergasted and educated by how much the practice of medicine has evolved in the past century and a half.
Because of the carnage caused by the Civil War, our system of hospitals that are part of our society today, was created and perfected. The doctors in battle had to amputate thousands of mangled limbs to prevent the spread of gangrene, which would surely cause death. This practice seemed savage, but was actually a lifesaver to legions of soldiers. The lack of sanitation and their limited knowledge of pathology caused so many problems that we don't even think about today. More soldiers died from disease than from battle.
If you have an interest in the Civil War or in medicine, or 19th century American history, then this museum will not disappoint.
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