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Great Falls VA  From the Civil War era

Various maps and views of the Potomac River.

If evidence of apparently amputated bone stumps and saws made of stone are anything to go by, amputations have been practiced since Neolithic times. It is during periods of war, however, that the greatest leaps in this surgical procedure have taken place, simply because of the sheer numbers of amputations required in wartime.  During the American Civil War (1861–1865) a conflict in which over 70 percent of recorded wounds were to the extremities an astonishing 50,000 amputations were…

Civil War, [portrait of a gentleman after amputation] via Flesh World, “Masterpieces of Medical Photography”

Wounded soldiers at rest near Marye's Heights, Fredericksburg, Virginia. After the battle of Spotsylvania, in 1864.

Wounded Union soldiers at rest near Marye’s Heights, Fredericksburg, Virginia. After the battle of Spotsylvania, in (Photo by Mathew Brady/NARA)

Tintype portrayal of Dr. Crawford Long's first surgical procedure using ether as an anesthetic c.1855-1860 http://www.cultofweird.com/medical/crawford-long-ether-amputation/

Crawford Long's ether amputation

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