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“A Gem of a Museum for any History Buff”

National Museum of Civil War Medicine
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Owner description: The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is the premier center for the study and research of medical innovation during the American Civil War. Exhibits, programs lecture and research facilities look at innovations in science, medical logistics, medical organization, nursing, civilian medical relief and much more.
Reviewed December 9, 2013

This museum has been on our Civil wargasm list for a while. On a recent trip to Gettysburg we finally made time to visit this museum. My buddy collects many items from the Civil War and he wanted to check out the amputee utensils. We spent several hours touring the museum and found it unique, informative and full of interesting items. The presentation and detailed research could keep you here for 4 or 5 hours if you read everything. Although we were here as tourists the curator came over to discuss our special interest . After several emails back and forth my friend has loaned a portion of his collection for others to enjoy. I hope to visit the museum again next year with my nephews, who live in DC, and check out the NEW display of amputee utensils. An important addition to museums dedicated to the Civil War.

Thank dblbell56
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

I wasn't sure what to expect - a museum on Civil War medicine? But this museum is very well done and will surprise visitors at the nature (so primitive by today's standards) of medicines used during the Civil War. Located on East Patrick Street in the heart of Frederick, the National Museum of Civil Medicine is surrounded by a variety of good restaurants and shopping. A parking deck is located right behind the museum. You could make it a day in Frederick with walks along the Carroll Creek Promenade.

Thank Ron R
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Anyone coming thru this area with any interest in Civil War History, MUST stop here ! And while here, visit top-notch restaurants. Better yet, stay in the area and take in All this City & County has to offer.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

I found this museum to be full of interesting scenes and facts. It is definitely worth going

Thank Ronnie O
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

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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