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Exhibition: The toll of the Civil War

October 22, 2012

Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences is hosting the traveling National Library of Medicine exhibit, "Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War" from Oct. 22 to Dec. 1 in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room. This exhibit explores the experiences of disabled Civil War veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation.
The perspectives of surgeons, physicians, and nurses are richly documented in the history of Civil War medicine, which highlights the heroism and brutality of battlefield operations and the challenges of caring for the wounded during wartime. Yet the experiences of injured soldiers during the conflict and in the years afterwards are less well-known. "Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War" explores the experiences of disabled Civil War veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation. The exhibition's web site.

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